Tokyopop Announces Rising Stars of Manga Competition

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Aspiring manga artists can submit work to win cash and be published

Excerpted from TOKYOPOP Press release:

TOKYOPOP is thrilled to announce the launch of its TOKYOPOP "Rising Stars of Manga™" Talent Competition. Answering the call of countless manga fans, this contest will give aspiring local U.S. artists the opportunity of a lifetime: to submit their original stories (written in English) for the chance to win cash prizes and get their work published worldwide. The TOKYOPOP "Rising Stars of Manga™" Talent Competition officially opens on August 15, 2002 and runs through December 16, 2002.

The grand prizewinner will receive $2,500 and the chance to pitch a full-length manga series to TOKYOPOP's top brass. The second place winner will earn a cash prize of $1,000. Eight runner-ups will each receive a cash prize of $500. All ten prizewinners will be published in a TOKYOPOP manga anthology (The Rising Stars of Manga™) scheduled for publication in Spring 2003.

Entrants are encouraged to submit content from all genres -- comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, action, fantasy, romance -- and even under-represented genres such as political, historical or instructional manga.

To obtain entry forms and the official Rules and Regulations, visit the TOKYOPOP website ( on or after August 15 or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Rising Stars of Manga, c/o TOKYOPOP, 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Entries must be postmarked by December 16, 2002.

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