The Embassy of Japan’s search for the best of UK manga creating talent is back with the 13th edition of the MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION!

Against the backdrop of major exhibitions on manga happening across the UK, the ongoing Japan UK-Season of Culture, and the upcoming Rugby World Cup and Olympic and Paralympic games in Japan, this year we want entrants to reference the theme of ‘union’ in their entry. How the theme is interpreted is down to you, but it must be a visual, thematic or written reference, and please state how your entry relates to the theme on your entry form (please see below).
The competition has two categories; Yonkoma Manga, a comic strip of 4 panels on one page with a fixed structure, for entrants aged between 11 and 13 and Manga Jiman, a short story told across 6 to 8 pages for anyone aged 14 or over.

Winners and runners-up will receive fantastic prizes and have their artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy of Japan in 2020.

Judges are on the lookout for: artistic ability, original style, smart storytelling, thoughtful layout, and the incorporation of the theme in to the work. Every year the chosen shortlisted entries display a wide variety of artistic and narrative styles which reflects the diversity of manga/comic creating in this country. A selection of recent winning entries can be found here.
  Manga Jiman Yonkoma Manga
What is required? A story created on 6 to 8 A4-sized pages and drawn so that it reads from left to right. Title pages are allowed but are included in the total number which must not exceed 8 pages. A story told in 4 panels on one A4 portrait sized paper. The manga must only contain four panels and must be drawn so that it reads from top to bottom. A template and information on the format can be found here.
What are the prizes?
  • 1st Prize: Two (2) return air tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways*
  • 2nd Prize: A3 Image scanner from PFU Ltd (Fujitsu)
  • 3rd Prize: A digital camera from RICOH UK Ltd
  • Runners-up will receive a selection of manga publications, available in the UK from various UK manga publishers amongst others prizes.
  • 1st Prize: A prize from the Japanese Gallery
  • Runners-up will receive a selection of fantastic manga-related prizes.
Who can enter? Entrants must be legal residents of the United Kingdom who are or will be 14 years old on 1 January 2020. Entrants must be legal residents of the United Kingdom who are, or will be, aged 11, 12 or 13 by 1 January 2020. Entrants must be born between 2 January 2006 and 1 January 2009.
What to send?
A completed Entry Form along with your photocopied artwork. Entry Forms can be downloaded here.
What are the criteria? Full details can be found in Manga Jiman Competition 2019 Rules & Regulations. Please read carefully. Full details can be found in Yonkoma Manga Competition 2019 Rules & Regulations. Please read carefully.
Should you wish to enter, please fill out the official Entry Form and submit it along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm Tuesday, 5 November 2019.

Please email or phone 020 7465 6540 with any queries about the competition.
*The 1st prize winner of Manga Jiman is responsible for the payment of Air Passenger Duty (U.K. Departure tax) and Passenger Service Charges, the total of which amounts to approximately GBP £150 per ticket based on a return flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda. Please note the amount of Air Passenger Duty and Passenger Service Charge may change depending on airport and the exchange rate.