Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Japan International MANGA Awards 2024

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This is a great opportunity to show and promote the international cultural Exchange Program offered by the MANGA named the Japan International MANGA Awards for the academic year 2024. MANGA will award the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards to the best candidates who meet the requirements and show the best exhibition of their work. Candidates who have published and unpublished their work can apply for the Japan International MANGA Awards and get a chance to win in multiple categories. Best Candidates will also offer a seven-day stay in Japan which will be fully funded. Candidates who are story writers or comic artists and have exhibited their work from the past three years 2021 to 2023 can apply for the MANGA awards from all over the world.

International Manga Award is an annual award established to encourage non-Japanese manga artists in 2007. This award was created by Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Asō, who proposed this award in a policy speech he gave in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in 2006. Japan International MANGA Award honors the MANGA artists who are contributing to the development of MANGA culture in the world.


ProgramJapan International MANGA Awards
Financial CoverageFully funded
Eligible NationalitiesMultiple countries
GenderNo preference
ProfessionComic Artist or Story Writer
No of AwardsMultiple
Application StartedApril
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The Japan International MANGA Awards will offer the following Awards to the selected candidates:

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  1. The Japan International MANGA Award will present the Gold Award for the best MANGA work, the Silver Award for three excellent works, and the Bronze Award for approximately eleven other works. Gold and silver Award winners will receive certificates and trophies, and Bronze Award winners will receive certificates.
  2. The Special Encouragement Award may be given to a manga work that does not qualify for the Silver Award but is more highly regarded than the other Bronze Award entries. The Special Encouragement Award will receive certificates.
  3. Gold Award and Silver Award winners will be invited to Japan for approximately 7 days for the award ceremony as an additional prize (Special Encouragement Award and Bronze Award winners are not eligible).

Eligibility Criteria:

The candidates need to meet the following requirements for eligibility of MANGA international awards:

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  1. To be eligible for the Japan International MANGA Awards, the submitted work must consist of more than 16 pages. Both published and unpublished works are accepted, except for those that have previously won the award.
  2. Manga works eligible for submission must have been created within the past three years (2021-2024) from the date of application.
  3. Eligible manga works must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
  4. Entries must be the original work of the creator. Manga works that were primarily generated by AI, including plot, composition, and drawing, will not be accepted. However, it is acceptable to use AI-generated images as supplemental material for certain parts of the work. If AI is used, it must be declared in the appropriate section of the Forms when submitting the entry.
  5. Manga works must be submitted in either electronic (PDF) or printed form. If submitted electronically, they will be printed for selection procedures.
  6. Only one entry per comic artist will be accepted. Only the first entry will be considered in the case of multiple sequential works. All second and subsequent entries will be invalid in the case of multiple entries.


Applicants must have:

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  1. Either the comic artist or the story writer of the submitted work must be a non-Japanese national. The representative who will participate in the invitation program for the Gold / Silver Award winners must also be a non-Japanese national.
  2. The applicant must hold the copyright and other legitimate rights to the submitted work and have the legitimate authority to grant the Japan International MANGA Award Executive Committee the right to use it.
  3. Publishing companies outside Japan may apply for the Japan International MANGA Award if the copyright holder of the manga work agrees to the application.
  4. The applicant, as the person who has legitimate authority over the submitted work, grants the Executive Committee of the Japan International MANGA Award the right to use (i.e. reproduce, translate, exhibit, and publicly transmit) all or part of the submitted work, for non-commercial purposes such as promoting and publicizing the Japan International MANGA Award and manga culture within Japan or abroad, in any medium, in any area of distribution, in any manner, and for any time, free of charge, without limitation.
  5. The applicant, as the person who has legitimate authority over the submitted work, agrees that the original submitted paper entry will not be returned and may be donated or exhibited at public institutions or others.


The last date to apply for the MANGA International awards is July 5th 2024 (entries must arrive by this date.

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How to Apply:

Candidates need to send the application form and the required documents to the following address:

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  •  For applicants living outside Japan
    Japanese Embassies or Consulates (Check online for each address.)
    For submission, please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate in the country or region in where you reside. Here is the link to the list of Japanese embassies and consulates.
  • 2) For applicants who live in Japan
  1. Printed work
    Attn: PIC of “The 18th Japan International MANGA Award”
    Cultural Affairs and Overseas Public Relations Division,
    Director General for Cultural Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan
    2-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8919
    • It is not allowed to bring your applications in person.
  2. Work in electronic form (PDF)
    A URL for uploading the PDF data will be provided to applicants who have submitted the Application Form, by the Cultural Affairs and Overseas Public Relations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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