Shōnen Magazine, MediBang App Hold 2nd World Manga Contest

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The MediBang manga creation app and website is again collaborating with Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine to hold its second World Manga Contest. The contest is geared toward the readers of Weekly Shōnen Magazine and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, but the submissions from people around the world are welcome. Fairy Tail manga creator Hiro Mashima is serving as a special judge.

The contest is open to both professional and amateur manga creators. Submissions must be completed manga of 50 pages or fewer in length. Submitted works must be unpublished, and entrants must have the the rights to distribute the work for free. Entrants can submit manga in Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Russian, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Vietnamese is a new addition for this year's contest. MediBang will translate works submitted in languages other than Japanese.

To enter, manga artists must upload their work onto MediBang's website, add the "2ndMagazineContest" tag to their submissions, and publish their works on the website. All submitted works are available to read on the website. The winning entries in last year's contest are also available on the website.

The grand prize winner will receive 1 million yen (about US$9,000), have an editor assigned to them, and receive feedback from editorial staff. Last year, the top prize also included the right to publication in Magazine Pocket, the manga app of Weekly Shōnen Magazine. However, the website does not list publication as a prize this year. Additional winners will receive 100,000 yen (US$900) each and feedback from editorial staff. Judges may decide to choose no winner for either prize. Submissions not selected for a prize may still receive feedback from editors.

The contest began accepting entries on September 14, and the entry period will close on December 28.

Last year's contest received more than 400 submissions from around the world. The contest was held from October 13, 2016 to January 12, 2017.

MediBang partnered with Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app to hold its first international manga contest from December 17, 2015 to March 21, 2016. The contest received many more entries than expected with more than 900 manga submitted from all over the world.

Source: Comic Natalie

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