Manga Jiman 2015 Bright Young Things is a manga competition, now in its ninth year, held in the UK by the Embassy Of Japan.

Their quest is to find the best creators of comic short-stories. It’s a comics-writing competition.

Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story referring to this year’s theme; ‘Bright Young Things’.

The competition has two categories.

Yonkoma Manga

Entrants aged between 11 and 13.
The challenge is to create a story told in 4 panels on one A4 portrait sized paper, on the theme “Bright Young Things”
The manga must only contain four panels and must be drawn so that it reads from top to bottom. A template can be found here.

Prizes for the Yonkoma Manga category.

1st Prize: A print from the Japanese Gallery.

Runners-up will receive a selection of fantastic manga-related prizes.

Manga Jiman

Entrants aged 14 or over.

The challenge is to create a story on 6 to 8 A4-sized pages and drawn so that it reads from left to right, on the theme “Bright Young Things.”

Prizes for the Manga Jiman category

1st Prize: Two (2) return air tickets to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways*

2nd Prize: A laptop computer from Toshiba of Europe Ltd.

3rd Prize: A digital camera from RICOH UK Ltd

Runners-up will receive a selection of manga publications, available in the UK from various UK manga publishers amongst others prizes.

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

Closing Deadline

Entries received after 5pm Monday, 30 November 2015 will not be deemed eligible to be judged
in the competition.
Entering any competition is about carefully following all the rules, if you don’t follow them exactly, no matter how good your entry may be, it is unlikely to be accepted.
For detailed information about the rules visit the Embassy Of Japan.


The deadline for entries has now passed.

Shortlist announced!

Winners to be announced at an invitation-only awards ceremony in March 2016 at the Embassy of Japan.

Manga Jiman 2015 Leaflet

Illustration: ‘Bright Young Things’ by Lorenzo Fruzza, winner of Manga Jiman 2014.

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