Thirteenth Japan International MANGA Award competition closing date approaches

apan International Manga Award LogoThe call for entries is open to all over the world for the 13th Japan International Manga Award, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The  deadline is 14th June 2019.

Previous British winners include Sean Michael Wilson, who won a Bronze in the 10th Awards in 2016, with Japanese artist Akiko Shimojima, and Shangomola Edunjobi, who won a Silver in the 12th Awards in 2018.

The Japan International MANGA Award was established in May 2007 upon the initiative of then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Taro Aso, with the aim of awarding manga creators who contribute to the spread of manga culture overseas and international cultural exchanges through manga. The Award has been presented every year since then.

Among entries, the gold Award will be given to the best work and the Silver Awards to three other excellent works. The awardees will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation to attend the award ceremony.

Art from the 2018 Manga Silver Award-winning   story "Miseyieki" by and © Shangomola Edunjobi

Art from the 2018 Manga Silver Award-winning story “Miseyieki” by and © Shangomola Edunjobi

During their stay in Japan (approximately a 10 day trip), they will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Japanese MANGA creators, visit publishing companies and make an excursion to local sites.

Entries will be accepted util Friday 14th June 2019. Entries need to be sent to Japanese diplomatic missions abroad, excluding permanent missions, or the PO Box of the Thirteenth Japan International MANGA Award in Japan below. Do make sure you gave read the entry guidelines.

The award ceremony is planned to be held in Tokyo in February 2020.

• Applications should be sent to either the Japanese Embassies or Consulates General in your country of origin (Check online for each address, UK embassy here), or to P.O.Box MBE193 The Thirteenth Japan International MANGA Award Executive Committee, Shinjuku Oak Tower 2F, 6-8-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 163-6002


Japan International Manga Award – Guidelines for Application( PDF)

Japan International Manga Award – Entry Form(PDF)

• Japan International MANGA Award Website

• Japan International MANGA Award

• The Embassy of Japan in the UK is at 101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT

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