The 9th Iwate Manga Award Contest

Submission deadline:
Submitted works must arrive by 2019/9/30 (Mon)

General category theme:
An original work based on Iwate that has not been previously submitted.
▼Upload to this link.

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

Student category (*Applies to currently enrolled school and university students)
Student category gold award (2 winners) \25'000yen worth of art supplies + library card worth \5'000yen
Students Category silver award (3 winners) \5'000yen + library card worth \5'000yen

1-4 panel comic category (2/3 panel comics will also be accepted)
Theme:Iwate Prefecture. The Joy of Iwate. Rugby World Cup 2019 in Kamaishi.
Achievements of athletes from Iwate. ILC (International Linear Collider) promotion.
Foods of Iwate. Traditional crafts of Iwate/ folk entertainment/ festivals etc

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

Junior division (middle school and younger)
First prize (1 winner): \30'000yen prize money
Excellence award (2 winners): \10'000yen prize money

Iwate Prefecture

Joint Sponsor:
Morioka Joho Business School


Submission requirements
Entry requirements: No prerequisites. Multiple entries allowed.
Limited only to original manga that has not been previously submitted.
Number of pages per submitted manga:
General category: Around 4-24 pages.
1-4 panel comic category: One story per page (up to 16 pages).
①In the general category, use B4 size manga paper or Kent paper.
Digital entries must be formatted in standard manuscript B4 size with an image resolution of 600 dpi or more.
②The 1-4 panel comic category will accept any B4 size white paper (copy paper, drawing paper, manga draft paper etc.).
Please refer to the 4 panel comic template on our homepage.
1-3 panel comics can be drawn to fit the scaling of the 4 panel comic category, or in a size that is easy to draw.

Length of one 4-panel comic: 270mm
Width of one page of two 4-panel comics: 180mm
Size of one panel: 58mm long x 85mm wide
Size of each story's title box: 18mm long x 85mm wide
Please submit only one 1-4 panel comic per page.

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 comic 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 enclose a 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
We will not be returning submissions from overseas.
Please submit only photocopies of your artwork, or otherwise follow the digital submission guidelines.

Submission forms
The application form 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

Important points
Submitted works must not infringe on third party copyrights, author's rights, design rights, trademarks, or any third party rights.
• 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 to Iwate Prefecture that all or part of the winning manga may be:
• Reproduced, exhibited, televised, published in articles or otherwise used in order to announce the winners.
• Iwate Prefecture may use the winning manga on their event homepage or in print in order to promote the manga and the event.
• Iwate Prefecture may reproduce the winning manga as record of this event without further compensation.
• All or part of the winning works may be published in stand-alone manga book volumes without further compensation.
• If the applicant is not yet an adult, they must receive the consent of their parent or guardian.

• First screening will be done by an editor from Ginnansha Co. Ltd.
• 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.

Award Ceremony
The final results will be released around the end of November, and the award ceremony is planned to be held in January.

Submission mailing address:
10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi, Iwate, 020-8570, Japan
Iwate Prefecture Cultural Promotions Division, Cultural Exchange Section
The 9th Iwate Manga Award.