にいがたマンガ大賞開催理念

When you hear “Niigata,” what comes to mind?

Everyone knows Niigata has rice, sake, snow, the sea, mountains and so on – a place where you can really feel each of the seasons – but did you know that Niigata also has manga that is worth boasting about?


From super famous artists to young creators whose works are published in periodicals, there are many people that will surprise you as being from Niigata!

そもそも、なぜ新潟でマンガコンテストなのか?
新潟とマンガ

In addition to all of the well-known manga artists that have come out of Niigata, the city is also teeming with creative amateur talent that get to show off their works at GataKet, a large-scale doujinshi manga market that even draws in people from surrounding prefectures including Yamagata, Fukushima, Tochigi, and Toyama. Every year, the area swells with energy as fans flood into the events center, find groups of fans like them, and wear their cosplay outfits.


Additionally, in 1997, Niigata held the Japan Lifelong Learning Festival Manabi Pia Niigata ’97 and with that started the movement to support the manga culture that exists in the city.


Then, in 2011 the Niigata Anime and Manga Festival, sponsored by the city, was held for the first time as we know it today. Since then, every year more and more fans come to enjoy the festival which has grown to welcome over 50,000 people.


These are all reasons how Niigata, despite being a more suburban area, is so easily saturated with manga culture. That said, many locals do not realize how much manga is an asset to the area, let alone how amazing it has become...


にいがたマンガ大賞の魅力とは?

That magazine editor! That manga artist! They are the ones who judge your beloved works.


To learn more about the judges click here (Japanese language only).


■Entry Period

Thursday, August 1 to Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (JST)


■Entry Conditions and Rules

・Only original works that have not been yet publicized are eligible. (Those works that have been published in Dojinshi books or Fanzines are eligible.)

・The work must be in Japanese and the title of the work must be in Japanese or English.

・Each person can enter up to five works per category.

・Those works that have been entered into other competitions can be entered if they have not been awarded any prizes.

・Both professionals and amateurs can enter.


■Please understand that:

・Pen names will be used on all publications such as the results announcement and the anthology.

・The office of the Organizing Committee will contact you if a judge from a publishing company wants to establish contact with you.

・Winning manuscripts that were submitted by mail or in person will be returned approximately one year after results are announced.

・Winning works will be published in the anthology, displayed in exhibitions, posted on the Official Website, and otherwise used for the Competition’s purposes. Additionally, the size of works may be adjusted for printing in the anthology.


■Entry Fee

No charge


■Categories and Prizes


■Accepted Manuscripts


■Story and Koma Manga Manuscript Requirements


Analog Manuscripts

・Manuscript size is to be A4 or B4.

・The title page is included in the total number of pages. Be sure to include page numbers at the bottom of each page of the manuscript.

・Create the manuscript so that it reads from right to left (bound on the right), and the first page would fall on the left half of an open book.

・Use manga manuscript paper or kent paper, and submit the original manuscripts. (Copies are not accepted.)

・Do not glue or otherwise affix the entry form to the manuscripts.

・When you submit more than one work, write the work’s title on the back of each page.

・Use India ink or fountain pen ink for drawing.

・Works in color are accepted. However, if they are printed in the anthology they will be in black and white.

・Write all dialogue and narration in pencil clearly and legibly.

・Manuscripts must have crop marks, default (inner) border and cropped (finished) border.


Digital Manuscripts

・Manuscript size is to be A4 or B4. In the case of 600 dpi, A4 size is 4961 x 7016 pixels, and B4 size is 6071 x 8598 pixels.

・The title page is included in the total number of pages. Be sure to include page numbers at the bottom of each page of the manuscript.

・Create the manuscript so that it reads from right to left (bound on the right), and the first page would fall on the left half of an open book.

・The resolution shall be over 600 dpi when monochrome and over 350 dpi when in color.

・If you draw in monochrome, use black-and-white or grayscale.

・You may submit work in color, however, winning works will be printed in monochrome in the anthology.

・Make sure to include all text, including the title and dialogue, in the manuscript.

・Merge all layers (including the text layer) into one layer before submitting.

・Manuscripts must have crop marks, default (inner) border and cropped (finished) border.

・If you are submitting via mail or in person, print your manuscript on manga manuscript paper, or kent paper and if you submit more than one work,write the work’s title on the back of each page.



■Comic Illustration Manuscript Requirements


Analog Manuscripts

・Use manga manuscript paper (the side without lines), kent paper, or drawing paper and submit the original manuscripts. (Copies are not accepted.)

・Manuscript size is to be A4, B4, or Yatsugiri (270 x 380 mm).

・Do not glue or otherwise affix the entry form to the manuscripts.

・When you submit more than one work, write the work’s title on the back of each page.

・Do not use pencils for your drawing.

・Works in color are accepted. However, if they are printed in the anthology they will be in black and white.

・On the back of the paper, mark the top and bottom of the page.

・No margins or page numbers are necessary.


Digital Manuscripts

・Manuscript size is to be A4 or B4.

In the case of 600 dpi, A4 size is 6071 x 8598 pixels, and B4 size is 4961 x 7016 pixels.

・The resolution shall be over 600 dpi when monochrome and over 350 dpi when in color.

・If you draw in monochrome, use black-and-white or grayscale.

・You may submit work in color, however, winning works will be printed in monochrome in the anthology.

・Merge all layers (including the text layer) into one layer before submitting.

・If you are in Japan and are submitting via mail or in person, print your manuscript on manga manuscript paper, or kent paper.

・No margins or page numbers are necessary.



■How to Submit Works


●How to Submit via Mail or in Person (Residents of Japan only)


1. Fill out an entry form. An entry form is required for each work.

Download Entry Form


2. After completing your manuscript according to the requirements, submit it along with the entry form. As the manuscript will be returned to you, include a stamped envelope with the return address written on it. If a stamped return envelope is not enclosed, the manuscript will be sent in a “pay on delivery” envelope. Write the name of the title of the work in red on the backside of both the return envelope and the envelope you use to submit the work.


3. Where to Submit

Niigata Manga Competition Office, Niigata Manga House

Address: GEO Furumachi-dori 6-Bancho

6-971-7 Furumachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata City 951-8063

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Closed: Wednesdays (when a national holidays falls on Wednesday, it is closed on Thursday instead).


●How to Submit Digital Works Electronically


1. Fill out the entry form and submit it as a JPG or PDF file. An entry form is required for each work.

Download Entry Form


2. After completing your digital manuscript according to the requirements, submit it along with the entry form. Any software can be used, but the manuscript must be saved as a JPG or PDF before submitting according to the following steps.


(1) Upload to a File Sharing Service

・Compress the data of the work and entry form into a zip file. Put the name of the work as the name of the file. Make sure to only use half-width characters.

・Upload the zip file(s) to a file uploading or sharing service such as MEGA or Google Drive.

・If applicable, set the expiration period to be at least seven days long. 


(2) Send the Link to the Data

・After uploading, send the link to the uploaded manuscript data by email . Be sure to include the following:

To:niigata-mangataisyou@nmam.jp

(Niigata Manga Competition Office, Niigata Manga House)

Subject:22nd Niigata Manga Competition Entry 

Message:Name of entrant, phone number, e-mail address, uploaded URL (and its password if applicable)


(3) Receive Confirmation

・You will receive a reply email confirming your registration within a week from the day that you send the data. Set up your email so that you can receive emails from niigata-mangataisyou@nmam.jp.


■Results Announcement

Results will be announced in December, 2019 (TBC) on the Website of the Niigata Manga Competition.

Winners will be contacted directly by the Organizing Committee Office so please be sure your email account can receive emails from bunka@city.niigata.lg.jp.


■Other Information

・Upon notice of results, the winners of each category will be asked to submit a profile and comments for use in the anthology and the official results announcement.

・The awards ceremony will be held in Niigata City around February, 2020. Certificates and prize money will be awarded at the ceremony. In the case you cannot attend the awards ceremony you will be contacted about the handling of your prizes.


■Frequently Asked Questions


■Organizers & Contact

Organizers

Niigata Manga Competition Organizing Committee

City of Niigata, Gataket, and JAM Japan Animation and Manga College

Contact

Office of the Niigata Manga Competition Organizing Committee

Cultural Policy Division, Niigata City Office

1-602-1 Gakkocho-dori, Chuo-ku , Niigata City 951-8550

Tel:025-226-2566

FAX:025-226-0066

E-mail:bunka@city.niigata.lg.jp

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