15th Japan International Manga Award Applications Open


Applications are now open for the 15th Japan International Manga Award! Each year, this award helps spread the culture of Japanese Manga throughout the world by encouraging artists to create and submit their own manga stories. Applicants have the chance to win an award to be given at a ceremony in Tokyo. For more information about the contest, application guidelines, and application documents, please view the links below. 


  1. To spread MANGA culture overseas and promote international cultural exchanges through MANGA.


  1. The Gold Award of the Japan International MANGA Award will be given to the best MANGA work, the Silver Award to three excellent works, and the Bronze Award to other eleven works.
  2. The Gold Award and the Silver Award winners will be invited to Japan approximately for 10 days on the occasion of the award ceremony as an extra prize (the Bronze Award winners are not entitled).

Conditions of Entry

  1. Eligible MANGA works need to be composed of more than 16 pages. Both published and unpublished works are eligible to apply, excluding the ones that won the past Japan International Manga Awards.
  2. Eligible MANGA works should be produced within the past three years (2018-2021) from the date of application.
  3. Eligible MANGA works must be submitted in electronic form (PDF) or printed form (Works submitted in electronic form will be printed for selection procedures).
  4. Publishing company outside Japan can apply for the Japan International MANGA Award if the copy right holder of the MANGA work agrees to the application.
  5. Either the comic artist or story writer of the submitted work has to be a foreign national. The representative who will participate in the invitation program given to the Gold / Silver Award winners must be a foreign national as well.
  6. Only one work may be accepted per comic artist.
  7. In case of multiple entries, only the first entry will be accepted.
  8. For the purpose of publicity, the MANGA Award Executive Committee may use the winner’s MANGA works (partially) upon obtaining approval from the copyright holders.

 The deadline for entrance is July 8th, 2021.


Submission to the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville

Applicants from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Tennessee should submit their application to the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville by emailing application documents to INFO@nv.mofa.go.jp. If applying in digital format, PDF files must be smaller than 10MB. After sending email with application documents please either send a second email without attachments (to INFO@nv.mofa.go.jp) or phone the Consulate (at 615-340-4300) to confirm that the submission was received. Printed materials will not be returned.
Mailed documents should be sent to:

Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
ATTN: International Manga Award
1801 West End Ave Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203

Relevant Links

Japan International Manga Award Homepage

Full Application Guidelines

Award Guidelines (Excel)

Application Form (Excel)