Update (2007-01-12): Please check the official rules page for the most up-to-date information.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its manga anthology Morning, Kodansha has announced a new International Manga Competition to look for new manga talents from around the world.
The new competition is part of Kodansha's Manga Open compeition, and was announced in the Morning special issue in ten languages. The deadline for the International Manga Competition is May 31st 2007. Below is a translation of the rules and information of the competition:
One title will receive the grand prize, the winner will receive 5,000 dollars, and the winning work will be printed in Morning and published in Japan as a tankobon.
Two runner-ups will receive 2,000 dollars each, for two titles, and their titles will have a chance to be printed in Morning or released online in the webzine E-Morning.
- All manga submitted need to be between 12 to 50 pages.
- The work need to be a previously unpublished title, or have not been printed commercially.
- Manga pieces on any type of paper, using any kind of drawing tools, will be accepted. Both color and black-and-white will be accepted (however, pieces accepted in color may be published in black and white in the ‘Morning’ magazine). For reference, manga in Japan is normally drawn on B4 paper, in black ink, in a 270mm x 180 mm frame.
CD-ROM and other digital media are accepted, but a printed copy must be included. A contestant's native language will accepted as the text, however, the text needs to be written clearly.
*It's not clear whether English/Japanese text is also required.
Please send all work to:
Morning Editorial Department
Please include your address, name, telephone number and zip code must be included on the envelope.
Please include your age, occupation, a brief personal history and email address with your manga. All works submitted will not be returned, you will need to make extra copies for yourself.
Kodansha will have the publishing rights to your work for its magazines and on the web, All rights for the top and second prize titles will be held by Kodansha exclusively, and Kodansha is in a position to decide how to use these rights.
You need to guarantee that the work submitted is your own original work, and that the work has not infringed any right of other works. If you don't follow these regulations and as a result Kodansha suffers any losses, you will need to compensate for it.
The deadline is May 31st, 2007. The results will be announced on the E-Morning website on September 2007.
*Kodansha has always hosted manga competitions that are eligible for foreigners, if you have a reliable Japanese translator friend, we recommend you to try it.