The 18th Japan International MANGA Award - Looking for entries from manga artists across the world

The 18th 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 Unpublished comics and work created especially for the competition are also encouraged, and have been successful in previous years.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.

Gold and Silver 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

Application Period: 12 April - 5 July 2024 (entries must arrive during this period)

When you apply, submit the following two documents;
1) Application Form (Entry via Forms)
2) Manga Work

The work should be submitted in one of the three ways described below;
a) TWO copies of the printed work
b) ONE copy in electronic form (PDF)
c) ONE copy of the printed work and ONE copy in electronic form (PDF)

The email address for electronic copies  is:
(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 printed copies is:
FAO International Manga Award
Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly

Note: Publishers acting on behalf of comic artists and all entrants MUST read all of the information on the official website before entering. If you have any questions, please email the Embassy of Japan at

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.