This just in, the Japanese Ministry of Forign Affairs has announced the submission timelines for the 11th Annual International Manga Award (11回の日本国際漫画賞). Submissions can be submitted starting this Friday, March 17th, until June 16th, 2017.
Some of the conditions for entering: at least either the writer or artist (in my case, both) have to be a forigner, submissions can be published or non-published, from professional and non-professional artists, but have to be at least 16 pages long. The purpose of the award competition is to help spread the art of manga and its subculture outside of Japan. There is a grand-prize (Gold Award) and three prizes, or Silver Awards. Those four winners will then be invited for a 10 day stay in Japan next February and an invitation to the awards banquet.
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You know I’ll be submitting a manga, I have been working on it for the past year! It has been a few years since I have submitted to a Japanese comic (manga) competition. Unlike last time, this isn’t a competition held by a publisher, but rather the National Govermentment of Japan.
Keep being awesome, and good luck!