Application Requirements

The competition method and schedule are subject to change due to the influence of COVID-19.

Division

General DivisionJunior Division(Age 12 or under *As of April 1, 2021)
*Professional and amateur

Theme

“Eat” (theme for the general and junior categories)
*We are not accepting free choice themes this year.

Genre

Four-panel manga

Work

Original, unpublished work of your own
* Works posted in noncommercial media,
including coterie magazines,
SNS sites, and image posting sites,
are considered unpublished works.
There are no limits on how old your work is,
but your most recent
creation is preferred.

Application period

From Tuesday, June 1, 2021, to 2:00 PM (Japan Standard Time) on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Awards

General Division(each work)
  • Grand Prize (Grand Prix) 300,000 yen
  • Overseas Participant Award 200,000 yen Selected from submissions from abroad.
  • Manga Museum Award 100,000 yen
  • Cultural City of East Asia Honorable Mention 100,000 yen
  • asianbeat FUKUOKA, JAPAN Award
    Round-trip air ticket to and from Fukuoka
    To be selected from entries in languages on asianbeat, e.g., Japanese, Korean, traditional
    and simplied Chinese, English, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian.
  • TOKIWA Creator Award
    Providing activity support under a project to integrate creators in Kitakyushu.
Junior Division(about five works)
  • Manga Artist Introductory Set

Screening

Initial screening
The organizer will conduct an initial screening.
Final screening
The judges will conduct the final screening of works passing the initial screening.
Judges
  • Tochi Ueyama〈Manga artist〉
  • Mutsumi Hagiiwa〈Manga artist〉
  • Koji Tabuchi〈Editorial Department at Kodansha’s Weekly Morning〉
  • 【Guest Judge】 Leiji Matsumoto
    〈Manga artist/Honorary Director of the Kitakyushu Manga Museum〉

Announcement of awarded works

The winners will be published in late November 2021 on the official Kitakyushu International Manga Competition website
〈kitakyushu-mangataisho.com/en/〉, along with prize-winning works and excellent entries.

Awards ceremony

The awards ceremony is scheduled for December 2021 (TBC).

[Application method

All applications will be accepted on the official website.
Fill out the application form and upload the data file of each work.

Application rules

  • Each work must be a four-panel manga strip.
    Each four-panel manga must consist of a single page, but
    each panel can be in any shape, size, and arrangement.
    Each applicant can submit up to five works. Each work
    must be comprised of four panels. Each work must be
    completed in four panels. (You may use the same
    character and world view in all your works.)
  • Create and save each work in accordance with the following data format guidance.
    Number of pixels: Around 3,000 px × 4,500 px
    Image format: JPEG format (in RGB or grayscale)
    *No works in CMYK format or 2-gradation (monochrome) will be accepted.)
  • Works in color or monochrome and any language are acceptable.
  • Input necessary items into the form at the time of posting.
    The full names of the artists and their place of birth/region (prefectures in the case of Japan) will be published for the award-winning and excellent works.
  • Works contrary to the purpose of the contest may not be
    accepted, e.g., those containing expressions promoting violence,
    slander, discrimination, obscenity, or offensive to others.
    Any work that is found to be entered in other contests will be
    disqualified even if their winning entry is chosen.
  • Entries must not infringe on the copyrights, portrait
    rights, or other rights of third parties.

Handling of copyrights

  • For each work submitted, a copyright will be issued and belong to the applicant on the condition that Kitakyushu City may use the work (i.e.,
    exhibit, print, publish, and display the work on the Internet) without the applicant’s permission being required.

Handling of personal information

  • Personal information on all applicants will be handled properly in compliance with the Act on the Protection of Personal Information and no personal information on any applicants will be used for purposes other than the Kitakyushu International Manga Competition.
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