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Embassy of Japan in the UK Announce Manga Jiman Competition 2015

Date: 2015 July 30 16:28

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Readers with an artistic streak will be pleased to hear that the Embassy of Japan in the UK has announced the Manga Jiman Competition 2015.

There are 2 categories Manga Jiman for people aged 14 and over (there is no upper age limit), and Yonkoma Manga for 11 to 13 year olds.

Each year has a theme, this years theme is bright young things.

The competition is only open to UK residents, if you are artistic we strongly advise you to enter as the first prize is a return flight for 2 people to Japan.

You can see previous entries here.
Last year's winner was Cogs by Lorenzo Fruzza.

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Our quest to find the best creators of comic short-stories is back as the Embassy of Japan is delighted to launch our comic-writing competition, MANGA JIMAN 2015!

The competition has two categories; Yonkoma Manga, a comic strip of 4 panels on one page, for entrants aged between 11 and 13 (see details below) and Manga Jiman, a short story told across 6 to 8 pages for anyone aged 14 or over.

Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story referring to this year’s theme; 'bright young things'.

Winners and runners-up will receive superb prizes and will have their artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy in 2016.

So what are we looking for? Drawings of characters with big eyes and crazy hair? Not necessarily. The judges are looking for originality, good storytelling, artistic ability and style. If you read some examples of winning entries from previous years here, you will see a variety of styles and innovations.

Should you wish to enter, please read the full rules and then fill out and submit the official application form along with your entry by post or in person to Manga Jiman 2015 Competition, JICC, Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT.

Entries received after 5pm Monday, 30 November 2015 will not be deemed eligible to be judged in the competition. Please contact with any queries about the competition.

*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 as of 8 July 2015 amounts to approximately GBP £126.56 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.

Source: Embassy of Japan in the UK
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