The 10th Iwate Manga Award Contest – Submissions

We are now accepting submissions!
We also created a new page on the official site for submitting digital entries!

―The 10th Iwate Manga Award Contest Submission requirements ―
Submission deadline:
Submitted works must arrive by 2020/9/14 (Mon)

General category theme:
An original work based on Iwate that has not been previously submitted or published.

Grand prize (1 winner) /¥100'000 + published on "Comic Iwate WEB" and in a stand-alone manga volume.
Excellence award (3 winners) /¥50'000 + published on "Comic Iwate WEB"

Student division (*Applies to currently enrolled school and university students)
Student division gold award (2 winners) /¥30'000 worth of art supplies + library card
Student division silver award (3 winners) /¥10'000 worth of art supplies + library card

1-4 panel manga category (2/3 panel manga will also be accepted) Theme:
1-4 panel manga featuring Iwate Prefecture

General division
First prize (1 winner): /¥30'000 prize money
Excellence award (2 winners): /¥10'000 prize money

Junior division (middle school and younger)
First prize (1 winner): library card worth /¥5'000
Excellence Award (3 winners): library card worth /¥3'000

We look forward to seeing themes such as The Joy of Iwate, *New Lifestyles, ILC (International Linear Collider) promotions,
Iwate Food/ Traditional Crafts/ Folk Performing Arts/ Festivals/ Sports, and anything else you can think up!

*Avoiding the “Three C’s”, wearing masks, washing hands, and other ways to
prevent Novel Coronavirus infections as stated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

See this link for references

Iwate Prefecture

Joint Sponsor:
Morioka Joho Business & design School

[Entry requirements]
No prerequisites. Multiple entries allowed.
Limited only to original manga that has not been previously submitted or published.

[Number of manuscript pages per submitted manga]
General category: Around 4-24 pages.
1-4 panel manga category: One story per page (up to 16 pages).

① In the general category, use B4 size manga paper or Kent paper.
②The 1-4 panel manga category will accept any B4 size white paper
(copy paper, drawing paper, manga manuscript paper etc.).
Please refer to the 4 panel manga template on our homepage.
1-3 panel manga can be drawn to fit the scaling of the 4 panel manga category,
or in a size that is easy to draw.
Please submit only one 1-4 panel manga per page.
Panel direction will be up to the artist per page per submission.

(Length of one 4-panel manga: 270mm
Width of one page of two 4-panel manga: 180mm
Size of one panel: 58mm long x 85mm wide
Size of each story's title box: 18mm long x 85mm wide)

For digital submissions, entries must be in B4 manuscript size with an image quality of 600dpi or more.

[Submitted Manga]
Please draw upon the front side of a blank sheet of paper in India ink,
drawing ink, or black pen, and send it on without folding the paper.
Drawings in pencil, light Japanese ink, and ink in colors other than black will not be accepted.
(Color is permitted in the 1-4 panel manga category)
However, please write titles and any text in pencil.
If the text will go over the image (outside of speech bubbles),
please attach tracing paper to your manga and fill in the lines upon it in pencil.
Make sure to write, in pencil, the page numbers in the margin of your drafts.
If you are submitting a digital work, please submit it online via the form on the official website or
mail an enclosed CD-R or DVD-R with the manga files on it, as well as a version available to print.
(The files must include a JPG or PDF file of
your artwork with all the text in place, as well as a PSD or TIFF file without the text.)

[Language of submissions]
Submissions will be accepted in Japanese, English, French, and Chinese.
*If it is possible for you to have your draft translated into Japanese, we ask that you include a Japanese translation.

[Return of submissions]
① If you would like your submissions returned to you after the contest; please mark "yes" on the
application form and include a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage along with your submissions.
If a self-addressed envelope is not included with your submission, we will not be able to return your drafts.
② If you do not wish to have your submissions returned; please mark "no" in the return of drafts section of
the application form and do not include an envelope or stamps with your draft.
③ We will not be returning submissions from overseas.
Please submit only photocopies of your artwork,or otherwise follow the digital submission guidelines.
④We will not be returning submissions through the online submission form on the official website

[Application forms]
The application form may be found on the back of this leaflet,
or printed from our homepage (photocopies are also accepted).
After filling out the required information on the application form,
please attach it to the reverse side of the first page of your submitted manga.
Application forms from abroad should be filled out in English
You do not have to fill out an application if submitting digital entries
through the online submission form on the official website.

[Important points]
① Submitted works must not infringe on third party copyrights,
author's rights, design rights, trademarks, or any third party rights.
If any claims of infringement of rights are received in relation to submitted works,
the applicant will bear complete and total responsibility.
Furthermore, in the event that infringement has occurred, or that there is concern that it may have occurred,
any prizes awarded in relation to that artwork may be revoked.
② Prize winners grant the right, without further compensation,
to Iwate Prefecture that all or part of the winning manga may be:
A) Reproduced, exhibited, televised, published in articles or otherwise used in order to announce the winners.
B) Iwate Prefecture may use the winning manga on their event
  homepage or in print in order to promote the manga and the event.
C) Iwate Prefecture may reproduce the winning manga as record of this event without further compensation.
  Prize winners also grant Iwate Prefecture the right to edit, translate, modify, and adapt winning manga.
③ All or part of the winning works may be published in stand-alone manga book volumes without further compensation.
④ If the applicant is not yet an adult, they must receive the consent of their parent or guardian.

(1) First screening will be done by an editor from Ginnansha Co. Ltd.
(2) Second screening will be performed by professional manga artists
(Ms. Sonoda Tsukushi, Mr. Takeya Shuji, Ms. Tanaka Minako),
manga magazine editors (Kodansha Ltd. editing department, KADOKAWA Young Ace editing department,
Ginnansha Co. Ltd.), and parties involved in bookselling in Iwate Prefecture.

[Constructive criticism event]
Regarding the general category we are planning to hold an event in Morioka City during the latter
half of October at which editors from a well-known manga magazine company will offer constructive
criticism of the manga submitted from within Japan that passed the initial screening.
Details of the event will be included within the announcement of the first screening results.

[Announcement & Award Ceremony]
The final results will be released around the end of November, and an award ceremony is planned to be held in December.

[Submission mailing address:]
10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi, Iwate, 020-8570, Japan
Iwate Prefecture Cultural Promotions Division, Cultural Exchange Section
The 10th Iwate Manga Award.