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Manga Jiman 2018 UK Competition

Date: 2018 June 14 19:30

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The Embassy of Japan in the UK have have just announced the theme for their manga competition. Theme for this year is "home". The competition has been running each year for more than 10 years now. Just by entering you can learn a lot, but this is certainly a competition worth investing time in. This years first place winner will get a flight to Japan, while second prize will get a laptop and third place will a digital camera from Ricoh UK (like Daido Moriyama we're fans of their GR Series cameras).

The competition has 2 distinct categories the Yonkoma Manga for 11 to 13 year olds where they can submit a 4 panel manga. While the main Manga Jiman is open for anyone 14 and over expects a short story told across 6 to 8 pages.

To check out previous winning entries go here.

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Artwork by 2017 Manga Jiman winner Shangomola Edunjobi

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The Embassy of Japan continues its search to find the best comic short stories in the UK as we are delighted to launch MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2018.

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 which includes a reference, either written and/or visual, to this year's theme 'home'.

Winners and runners-up shall receive fantastic prizes and will have their artwork displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy in 2019.

The competition judges look for artistic ability, original style, smart storytelling and imaginative ideas. Every year the chosen shortlisted entries display a wide variety of styles and innovative storylines which raises interesting questions about what defines manga/comics in this country. A selection of recent winning entries can be found here.

Source: The Embassy of Japan in the UK
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