Japan International Manga Award: Looking for Entries from Manga Artists Across the Globe


The Japan International Manga Award is seeking the very best of international manga creating talent, and is currently accepting submissions from across the world, including those from the UK.

The prestigious competition was established in 2007 by the then Foreign Minister of Japan ASO Taro, as a means of encouraging those with manga creating talent outside of Japan. The competition is often very competitive, with professional artists and comic makers entering published work. Unpublished comics and work created especially for the competition are also encouraged, and have been successful in previous years.

There have been two people from the UK who have had prize winning entries recognised by the competition. Seàn Michael Wilson was the writer behind Secrets of the Ninja in the 10th edition of the competition and Shangomola Edunjobi took silver prize in the 12th edition of the competition with his entry MISEYIEKI. The prize winners are flown to Japan to receive their award, meet manga creators and publishers, and visit some of Japan’s most famous sights*.

How to enter

This year, entrants are being encouraged to send one physical copy of their manga, alongside a digital version. Please send digital versions to: manga@ld.mofa.go.jp

If your artwork files are over 10mb, please contact us in advance to receive instructions on how to send us the artwork.

The postal address for physical entries is:
Fao: International Manga Award
Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly

Publishers acting on behalf of comic artists and all entrants are encouraged to read all of the information on the official website before entering. If you have any questions, please email the Embassy of Japan at manga@ld.mofa.go.jp.

If you are a manga fan, also stay tuned for the Embassy of Japan in the UK’s very own Manga Jiman competition, which runs yearly and is open to those living in the UK. You can follow the competition on social media here and keep an eye on the Manga Jiman website for further information and announcements.

*It is the intention of the organisers that the winners will be flown to Japan for the awards ceremony and trip this year, too, but this will be subject to any regulations that exist at the time relating to COVID-19.