About the Niigata Manga Competition

– Creating the opportunity to show off works of professionals and amateurs
– Sharing and spreading the fun of creating manga
– Promoting Niigata as the Land of Manga and supporting Niigata’s manga culture

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 hasmanga 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!

So, why is there a manga contest in Niigata?

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…

 

What is so great about the Niigata Manga Competition?

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).

The 24th Niigata Manga Competition

Entry Period:

August 1 to September 21, 2021 (firm deadline)
*Digital works must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (JST)

Entry Conditions and Rules
  • Only original works that have not yet been publicized are eligible (Those works that have been published in Dojinshi books or fanzines are eligible).
  • All text must be written in Japanese.
  • 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 won any awards. However, please refrain from having the same work in another competition at the same time.
  • Both professionals and amateurs are welcome to enter.
Important Notes
  • When you write under a pen name, all publications, such as the results announcement and the anthology, will be published under your pen name.
  • All works will be returned. (Data for digital works will not be sent back.)
  • Winning works will be returned about one year after results are announced. (Data for digital works will not be sent back.)
  • Please note that because (all or part of) winning works will be included in the anthology that will be published and sold by the organizing committee, displayed in exhibitions, posted on the official website, and used for other competition purposes, they will be returned a year after the announcement of results.
  • Regarding cash prizes, in the case the winner is underage, consent from a parent or guardian is required.
  • The organizing committee secretariat may contact you at the request of a publishing company involved as a judge in the competition.
  • The organizing committee secretariat may send you information related to future Niigata City manga projects.
Entry Fee

Free of charge

Categories and Prizes

【Niigata Manga Grand Prize】
1 person 300,000 yen grand prize
 * Chosen from the general, high school, junior high school, and primary school students’ categories.
【Children’s Niigata Manga Grand Prize】
1 person 20,000 yen book gift card
 * Chosen from the primary school students’ category.
 * If the Niigata Manga Grand Prize winner was chosen from the primary school category, the Children’s Niigata Manga Grand Prize will not be awarded.
【Other Awards】

Types of Manuscripts and their Submission

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. Number the pages at the bottom of each page.
  • The manuscript should be formatted to read from right to left (bound on the right), with the first page falling on the left side 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 made for drawing.
  • Works in color are accepted. However, if they are included in the anthology, they will be printed in black and white.
  • Write all dialogue and narration in pencil clearly and legibly.

【Digital Manuscripts】

  • Manuscript size is to be A4 or B4.
    For 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. Number the pages at the bottom of each page (outside of cropped or finished border).
  • The manuscript should be formatted to read from right to left (bound on the right), with the first page falling on the left side of an open book.
  • The resolution must be 600 dpi or more for monochrome and 350 dpi or more for colored works.
  • If you draw in monochrome, use black-and-white or grayscale.
  • Works in color are accepted. However, if they are included in the anthology, they will be printed in black and white.
  • Include all text, including the title and dialogue, in the digital manuscript.
  • Merge all layers, including the text layer, into one layer before submitting.
  • Manuscripts must have crop marks and cropped (finished) borders.
  • If you are submitting via mail or in person, print your manuscript on manga manuscript paper, or kent paper.

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 or B4. Yatsugiri is also accepted in the case of drawing paper.
  • No margins or page numbers are necessary.
  • Color manuscripts can be submitted, but will be printed in black-and-white if included in the anthology.
  • Both monochrome and colored manuscripts are acceptable.
  • Do not use pencils for drawing.
  • On the back of the sheet, mark the top and bottom.
  • When you submit more than one work, write the work’s title on the back of each page.

【Digital Manuscripts】

  • Manuscript size is to be A4 or B4. For 600 dpi, A4 size is 4961 x 7016 pixels, and B4 size is 6071 x 8598 pixels.
  • The resolution must be 600 dpi or more for monochrome and 350 dpi or more for colored works.
  • If you draw in monochrome, use black-and-white or grayscale.
  • Works in color are accepted. However, if they are included in the anthology, they will be printed in black and white.
  • Merge all layers, including the text layer, into one layer before submitting.
  • No margins or page numbers are necessary.

【Comic Illustrations】
A “comic illustration” is an illustration with a comic touch, so it is a combination of the fun, comic-ness of manga and the beauty of an illustration as a work of art. We are asking for something like the cover of a manga or comic so think of the story and imagine the characters while you draw and follow these rules:

  • Only use original characters (person, animal, robot, etc.).
  • Do not use characters from manga or TV.
  • Only young children and primary school children can submit works in this category.

How to Submit Works

【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, mail it in along with the entry form.
    If submitting it in person, go to the address listed below.
    No matter if you bring it in or mail it, manuscripts will be returned to you, so be sure to include a stamped envelope with the return address written on it. If a stamped return envelope is not enclosed, the manuscripts will be mailed to you using “cash on delivery”.
    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:6-971-7 Furumachi-dori, Chuo Ward, Niigata City 951-8063
    Hours:11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Closed:Wednesdays
    (When a national holiday falls on Wednesday, it is closed the next weekday instead)

【To Submit Digital Works Electronically】

  1. Manuscripts
    Complete the manuscripts according to the digital manuscript requirements.
    Any software can be used but it must be saved as a JPG or PDF file and submitted according to the following steps.
    (1)Upload to a File Sharing Service
    ・Use a file uploading or sharing service such as firestorage or Google Drive.
    ・Compress the data of the work into a zip file before upload. Name the file “(work’s title).zip” using only single-byte lower-case alphanumeric characters.
    ・Set the expiration period to be at least seven days long.
    (2)Make a note of the upload URL (and the password if you set one).
    (3)Click the “Entry Form for Digital Works” below and fill out the necessary personal information and the upload URL.
  2. Confirmation Notice
    ・ The Niigata Manga House will send an automatic e-mail from niigata-mangataisyou@nmam.jp confirming your registration. Registration is complete when you receive that e-mail. Be sure to check your e-mail.
    ・ If you do not receive an e-mail, it may be because it was flagged as spam by your e-mail software or service settings so please check those.
    ・ If you still have not received an e-mail, there is a chance your entry was not completed. In that case, e-mail the registration account (niigata-mangataisyou@nmam.jp) with your question.
    ・ You may be contacted for more information in the following days if your entry information is incomplete.
    ・ Digital entries will be handled by the Niigata City Manga House.

  3. >Entry Form for Digital Works

Results Announcement

Results will be announced in December, 2021on the Niigata Manga Competition website.
Winners will be contacted directly by the Organizing Committee Office.

Other Information

  • Upon notice of results, the winners of each category will be asked to submit a profile and comments to be included in the anthology.
  • The awards ceremony will be held in Niigata City around February, 2022.
  • Certificates and prizes will be awarded at the ceremony. In the case you cannot attend the ceremony, you will be contacted about the handling of your prizes.

Organaizers & Contact

【Organizers】

Niigata Manga Competition Organizing Committee
(City of Niigata, Gataket Inc., and JAM Japan Animation and Manga College, and Kaishi Professional University Manga and Anime Department)

【Contact】

Office of the Niigata Manga Competition Organizing Committee
Cultural Policy Division, Niigata City Office
5th floor, Furumachi Refuru, 7-1010 Furumachi-dori, Chuo Ward, Niigata City 951-8554, JAPAN

TEL:025-226-2566(From outside Japan: +81-25-226-2566)
FAX:025-226-0066(From outside Japan: +81-25-226-0066)
E-mail:bunka@city.niigata.lg.jp

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ regarding Application

What language support is available?
Details of the competition and FAQ are available in Japanese, English, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. However, all correspondence and the entry form are available in only Japanese and English. As for the entry works, they should be in Japanese with the title in either Japanese or English.
Can I enter a manga that I co-created?
Yes, you can. Please enter it into the category that applies to the oldest co-creator of the manga.
How many works can I enter?
You can enter up to five works per category.
Can I use only one entry form for the multiple works I enter?
An entry form is required for each work. If submitting digital works electronically, an entry form is unnecessary as the application form on the Niigata Manga Competition website has all of the necessary information.
Does genre matter?
No, any genre is acceptable. However, the work must be original. Parodies, fanfiction, or works that are similar to existing works are not eligible.
Can I enter even if I do not live in Niigata?
Yes, you can. Many people who live outside of Niigata have been awarded the grand prizes. We welcome entries from not only Japan but all over the world.
Can I enter a work that I have already entered into other competition?
You can, only if it has not been awarded any prizes. However, you cannot enter the work into any competition which is held at the same time as the Niigata Manga Competition. The Office of the Organizing Committee may inquire which competitions you have entered before.
Can I draw the title page in color?
Yes, you can. However, please understand that in the case your work is awarded a prize, it will be printed in black and white in the anthology.
What is a “comic illustration”?
The Niigata Manga Competition defines a “comic illustration” as an illustration drawn with Manga techniques and style. Only children 12 years old and younger can enter into this category. Illustrations must be of original characters (people, animals, robots, etc) that they have their own backstory. Characters cannot be based on existing characters like those that appear in manga or on TV.

FAQ regarding Analog Manuscripts

Can I use drawing pens or markers (such as Pigma and Procky)? And why can’t I use pencils for drawing?
You can use those pens for drawing if their ink is bold. Award-winning works will be copied and printed in the anthology and if the lines are thin and light (such as when you use a pencil, ball point pen, or watery India ink) they will not show up. This is why you need to use dark, bold inks. However, be sure to write dialogue and narration in pencil so it can be prepared for printing in the anthology if it wins.
Can I use screentone?
Yes, you can. Stick them on firmly so they not to come off.

FAQ regarding Digital Manuscript

Should I include the dialogue and other words in my digital work?
Yes. Please include all text in your digital manuscript.

にいがたマンガ大賞実行委員会事務局
(新潟市役所文化政策課内)

〒951-8554新潟市中央区古町通7番町1010番地古町ルフル5階
TEL:025-226-2566 / FAX:025-226-0066 / E-mail:bunka@city.niigata.lp.jp

〒951-8554新潟市中央区古町通7番町1010番地
古町ルフル5階
TEL:025-226-2566 / FAX:025-226-0066
E-mail:bunka@city.niigata.lp.jp