Calling All Artists: Make MANGA and Win a Trip to Japan!

Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.19 - 2018

1.  The Embassy of Japan is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 12th Japan International MANGA Award.
2.  To join, interested participants must submit a completed ENTRY FORM and TWO (2) HARD COPIES of their original MANGA work composed of more than 16 pages. Kindly include page numbers on every page of the printed material. Also, an English or Japanese translation must be provided if the MANGA is written in the artist’s local language.
3. Strictly one entry per applicant. Note that only work produced within the last three years (2015-2018) will be accepted. Both published and unpublished works may be submitted.
4. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Please mail your applications to either of the following addresses:
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)*
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
1300 Philippines
*Applicants may also submit their entries in-person at the JICC Library.
The Twelfth Japan International MANGA Award Executive Committee
Shinjuku Oak Tower 2F, 6-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Postcode: 163-6002
5. Please bear in mind that all submitted works will not be returned to applicants. It is the applicants’ responsibility to save copies of their own works. Furthermore, submitted works may be exhibited and used for promotional or other purposes as deemed appropriate by the Twelfth Japan International MANGA Award Committee.
6.  The Twelfth Japan International MANGA Award Evaluation Committee will handle the selection procedures.
7. The best MANGA entry of the year will be given the Gold Award. Silver Awards will be given to three other entries. Gold and Silver Award winners will be invited to Japan for a period of 10 days to attend an awarding ceremony, which will be held around February 2019, and meet fellow manga art creators from around the world.

About the Contest

The Japan International MANGA Award was introduced in May 2007 upon the initiative of then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Taro Aso. The objectives of the Award are (1) to help further spread MANGA and Japanese culture overseas and (2) to promote international cultural exchanges through MANGA art. The Award has been held annually since its launch.

For specific contest rules and other information, visit the Japan International MANGA Award official site at

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