Otaku USA Magazine
31st National High School Manga Championships Open to Global Talent

Are you a talented and artistic high school student who wants to make manga? Then here’s an opportunity for you!

The 31st National High School Manga Championships is currently on. In the past it allowed people outside of Japan to take part, but only those who were living in South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. However, this year — perhaps because of how much manga has grown globally — the competition is open to high school students wherever they live on this planet.

The manga must have something to do with the themes “space debris” and “infinity.”

The Manga Kingdom Tosa Promotional Committee’s project promotion subcommittee chief Ryo Yoshimura said, “We decided on the themes from a global perspective as we’ve expanded the participating areas to cover the whole world.”

There’s an English document set up here that will tell you all you need to know to take part. For instance, here is the list of who’s eligible:

“High school students, students in the second semester of secondary school, students in the
upper grades of special schools, students up to the third year of technical colleges, and
students whose years of study at special training schools and vocational schools
correspond to those of senior high schools.
Students from overseas who are equivalent to the above.
Only one team per school is allowed to participate.
Each team should consist of three to five students and one staff member who is
responsible for escorting the team”

The deadline for the preliminary round is May 31. Then the results for this preliminary round will be announced on June 14. Anyone who passes that will go on to the main round. There are multiple prizes, and the top prize offers a Winner’s Flag, Commemorative Trophy, and 300,000 yen (about $2,396.43).

Good luck, budding manga artists!

Source: The Mainichi


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.