INTERNATIONAL MANGA COMPETITION
presented by Weekly Morning, Kodansha, Japan
Competition entries being accepted now!
Morning, with a weekly circulation of more than 400,000 copies and more than 25 years of history, is Japan’s largest and most prominent comic magazine for mature readers. Since its very first issue, the magazine has been host to such megahits as Vagabond, The Drops of the Gods (Kami-no-shizuku), The Silent Service, Say hello to BLACK JACK, and GON, and has had continual and significant influence on Japanese society. We are currently broadening our horizons by holding a competition across the globe in order to seek out and develop new talent.
Deadline – last acceptable postmark/backstamp on December 31, 2009.
Grand prize – US $5000, with two second prizes of US $2000 each.
The grand prize winning entry will be published in the pages of Morning or a special issue of Morning 2 magazine. In addition, the most experienced Morning comics editors will be assigned to the creators of the winning submission to assist in the development of their works. The winning entry and other work from the winning author may also be eligible to be published as independent comic books in Japan and elsewhere. Editors will also be assigned to the two second prize winners, whose entries may potentially be published in Morning, Morning 2 or on our companion website, MORNINGMANGA.COM. (The selection committee also reserves the right not to award a Grand Prize if no entry is deemed a winner.)
Please refer carefully to the following terms. It will be deemed that you have agreed to all of them upon entry.
 Comics’ content Submissions …must be at least 12 pages and not more than 50 pages, … …will be restricted to a minimum of 12 pages and a maximum of 50 pages, … not published in commercial magazines, nor as books or anthologies, in any country.
 Rules of illustration
Comics on any type of paper, using any kind of drawing tools, will be accepted. Both color and black-and-white will be accepted. However, pieces accepted in color may be published in black and white in Morning magazine. For reference: comics in Japan are normally drawn on B4-sized paper, in black ink, in a 270mm x 180 mm frame. Submissions may be on CD-R or other digital storage media, but we request that printed copies be included with such data-based entries. Text should be in your native language or Japanese, and should be written clearly.
 Selection committee: Morning International Comics Competition Committee
 Method of Application
Send submissions to:
Kodansha Morning M. I. C. C.
Please ensure that you include your name, address, age, occupation, telephone number, e-mail address and CV with your entry.
Entries cannot be returned.
We recommend that you keep a copy of your entry.
 Kodansha Ltd. will automatically obtain the exclusive right to publish all prize-winning works (whether for grand prize or secondary prizes) in magazines, and the exclusive option to exercise the right to publish and/or exploit said works in independent books and on magazine websites, as well as the exclusive option to all other secondary/subsidiary rights with respect to the said works. Kodansha Ltd. will determine whether or not to exercise all foregoing rights and/or options under its sole and absolute discretion.
 You must warrant that your entry (comic work) is completely original and of your own creation, All content therein must be accurate and lawful, and not harmful, libelous or defamatory to, or infringing upon the rights of any person or entity in any way. You will be obliged to indemnify any damage Kodansha Ltd. may suffer as a result of any inconsistency with the foregoing requirements.
 Release of results: results will be announced on the Morning website (MORNINGMANGA.COM) around March, 2010.