Manga Jiman 2018 Competition
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Details of the twelfth annual Manga Jiman contest, in which UK artists are encouraged to create their own original strips, have been announced by the Embassy of Japan. The closing date for entries is November 5.
According to the announcement, 'Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story which includes a reference, either written and/or visual, to this year's theme, home.' (Artwork by the most recent Manga Jiman winner, Shangomola Edunjobi, is shown on the right: other competition winners are shown here.)
Entrants over 14 should create a story told across six to eight pages (full rules).
The first prize for Manga Jiman is two return tickets to Japan. The second prize is a Laptop from Toshiba, and the third prize is a Ricoh digital camera. Runners up will receive a selection of manga publications, and other prizes. The winner's and runner-ups' work will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy.
According to the website, '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.'
There is a separate category for entrants aged between 11 and 13, who should create a yonkoma manga (a story told in 4 comic strip panels on one page). The full rules for the 11 to 13 category, separately named the 'Yonkoma Manga Competition,' are here. The first prize for this category will be a prize from the Japanese gallery; there will also be runner-up manga-related prizes.
For both competitions, the artwork should be sent with an entry form, which can be downloaded here. Entries should be sent to:
MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2018 or YONKOMA MANGA COMPETITION 2018
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
London W1J 7JT
'Manga Jiman' means 'Having Pride in Manga.'