CONTEST: Manga Competition


Let the Shonen Jump Manga Competition Begin!

This new manga award of epic scale will be accepting entries from anywhere in the world to reach out to readers everywhere! Entries will be accepted on the WEB!

Application Deadline October 1, 2013.

Highlights of the Competition

Open to anyone around the world in three different languages!

Grand Prize will receive 500,000 yen!
Top Prize: Most Popular in Japanese will receive 500,000 yen!
Top Prize: Most Popular in English will receive 500,000 yen!
Top Prize: Most Popular in Chinese will receive 500,000 yen!

Prize-winning entries will be promised publication in Jump in Japan or one of its special edition issues and/or the North American edition of Jump, OK! Comic in China, or Formosa Youth in Taiwan. Submissions will be accepted via the web.

Go to for all the details!


Submitted by kebarca on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 12:00

i have a few questions about this contest... if the manga made is in english, does it matter what direction it is written in? should the manga be like a 1st chapter kinda thing or a completed manga? and how many pages should the manga be? if anyone knows please reply thanks

Submitted by mdoorpsy on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 12:46

They don't say what direction it should be in, but given that every magazine it might be published in is right to left, you should probably assume that. As for the pages, submissions can be 15, 19, 31, or 45 pages long, it's your choice. Press the 'APPLY' button and the rules should pop up.

Submitted by kebarca on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 13:51

thanks so much for the reply. i read the directions after going to the link and there is something im confused about... they say "Manuscript size at time of production: greater than 650 dpi recommended, width: 230mm to 260mm, height: 330mm to 360mm" and then after they say "Manuscript size for submission: Around 100 dpi with an RGB profile saved as JPEG files. Height and width should be approximately 1200 x 800 pixels." what do they mean by this? whats the difference and how do you change it to fit their standards? please reply thanks

Submitted by Primalx3 on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:35

An art program like Photoshop or Gimp allows you to set the dpi and width/height of the file. DPI is how many pixels per inch. The more there are, the bigger the file will be. Most internet graphics are jpegs with around 72 dpi and are usually not greater than 1,000 width and height on average. For scale, most avatars you see on forums are around 100 pixels in width and height.

If your drawing in real life, your gonna have to set the DPI when you scan it. A scanner should give you the option to set what the DPI will be at the moment of scanning..

Submitted by inesperados2013 on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 11:39

sorry know one is recorded in the official website

Submitted by sasukehatered on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:38

i have a few questions what is the jepg their asking for and is the manuscript the whole drawing or just the story in words?

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:50

YES IM Sooooo EXCITED!!!!! I'm aiming for the 45 pages (does it have to be exactly 45 pages though?)
And we get the whole summer to do this! I'm going to give it my all. I already purchased screen tones and everything! =D

Submitted by tvonberge on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 13:38

Me too!!! I am going to try my best too!!! Good luck!!!!!

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 14:50

YES IM Sooooo EXCITED!!!!! I'm aiming for the 45 pages (does it have to be exactly 45 pages though?)
And we get the whole summer to do this! I'm going to give it my all. I already purchased screen tones and everything! =D

Submitted by TrigunBlitz on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 17:04

So...never does it mention "Oneshot" does this need to be a complete or semi-complete story or can it be like a first chapter of a manga?

Submitted by kebarca on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:31

im not sure, i was wondering this too. i literally spent the entire day researching one-shots XD. Im guessing it wont be completed, because when a lot of mangakas makes oneshots to be serialized, its of course not completed. and in this situation whoever wins gets serialized. so im guessing its a one shot, but its not a completed story. you can look up examples of oneshots that lead eventually lead up to a series... so i guess you can call it a chapter 1 if you want... im not sure but the point is that i dont think its semi completed or anything

Submitted by renjisan on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 17:10

it does have to be a oneshot and it does have to be completed. you are not getting a serialization if you win you are only getting your oneshot published. they don't have the time or funds to translate a manga overnight every week so it would have to be in japanese. besides they don't actually serialize anyone who is out of country.

Submitted by phatdude on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:32

They say 1200 x 800. Does that mean per page?

Also, typically the width comes each page is longer horizontally than vertically? I am very confused. Do they have it the other way around (so that the page is taller)? Or is each 1200 x 800 image split into two halves so there are two pages? I have never drawn a proper manga before, so I'm a bit clueless.

I would really appreciate the clarification. Thanks!

Submitted by phatdude on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:38

Is it a requirement to use tones? Or are we allowed to use simply gray splotches for shading and such?

Submitted by sarydactl on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 20:44

Maybe the dimensions are read right to left? :9

Submitted by kebarca on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 21:38

"Height and width should be approximately 1200 x 800 pixels."
since they stated height first and 1200 first, i guess height is 1200 and width is 800... not sure though but i think thats what it is

Submitted by kebarca on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 22:16

nevermind im wrong 1200 is width 800 is height

Submitted by kebarca on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 22:29

actually i was right the first time... i did the registrationa and everything and when i saw the directions again they said it like this after i google translated it " Posting original size: The profile is submitted writing, by vertical 1200px × 800px side about a JPEG file in RGB at 100dpi degree" so the 1200 is vertical and 800 is sideways im assuming

Submitted by phatdude on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 17:00

Thank you! Your help is very much appreciated. :)

Submitted by sarydactl on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 23:26

How are multiple submissions and collaborations handled?

Submitted by stupidartpunk on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 08:14

How can I get all the legal stuff for the contest?

Do they own the rights to your work indefinitely?
Just if you win? For how long win or lose?

Submitted by John Bae on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:25

I think most of you can find the answer to your questions, or at least a place to contact for your concerns, here:
Submitted by Flameingapple1172 on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 15:46

Do we submit our work when we apply or apply and then submit our work

Submitted by phatdude on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 17:02

Do we have to use them (screentones), or can we just have gray splotches (for shading and such)? I already asked this, but I don't think anyone saw. I'm a total noob to this.

Submitted by Coloridium on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 18:17

In the little FAQ below the submission rules, they say something like this: " It can be a scan of hand-drawn pictures, images created by applications, anything is fine. " So I assume you can work however you want :).
I knowI won't bother with screentones (never used them before), I'll probably use gray washes instead.

Submitted by phatdude on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 16:52

Thanks! I use a program called Paint Tool Sai. I don't know if there's a way to use screentones in that, LOL. At least, not without a headache. Gray washes FTW~

Submitted by kenshinAshirogi on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 16:24

You don't have to have them that I know of.....
I'm not. I'm just going to use a pencil. So I think you're green:)

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:06

If you want to use them, go ahead. I'm going to give them a try once they come in the mail but if you want to do just ink straight from your ink pens then do so too. One Piece and Naruto barely use tones so its not like you NEED them. Just use what you have =)

Submitted by phatdude on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 16:54

Ah, okay! Thanks! :D I was just wondering if using gray washes (does it count as a wash if it's digital?) is allowed. Apparently so. :)

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:11

Want real manga supplies. Screen tones, G-pens, feather sweepers, etc,
Here's the link to where you can buy them. They are pricey for us foreigners but its a good investment to your comic. Have fun shopping

Submitted by avato on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 21:20

Ha-ha! This sounds like fun, I have no intention of wining at all though! I will try to enter a 15 page story at least.I have some screen tone stashed away somewhere, this is a good time to figure out how to use it.
Hmmm now what to write about?....

Submitted by Topher on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 18:14

I'm happy they did this, giving a chance for American artists to be apart of SJ but my buddy and I wont be done with school until next year which sucks since we just don't have time to be apart of this.

I'm just curious if Jump has done anything like this before of if we could expect them to do this globally again? I just feel like my buddy and I just missed a chance at a dream with our current schedules.

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 22:16

Actually I had a question about that. Winner gets published in the magazine which is totally awesome and a dream come true. However, I'm a junior in highschool. By the time the results are announced I will be done half-way through senior year. Is it a bad and troublesome thing if I'm still a student in highschool? If we students were to get a series, would shonen jump have to wait until we finished, would we have to balance the series and school, or would we just be dropped from the competition right off the bat?

Submitted by renjisan on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:56

you are not promised a serial all you are promised is that your one shot will appear in the magazine and will be ranked. while it is ok for a special event like this, they don't want to have to translate a 20 page manga every week. and unless you live in japan giving them the manuscript will be difficult.

Submitted by renjisan on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 16:54

I recently bought manuscript paper type a4 deleter. and it was useless. the paper was glossy, the ink spread immediately and it was smaller than i expected. does anyone know the type of manuscript paper professionals use? specifically Takeshi Obata.

Submitted by Coloridium on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 18:08

They use B4 - with or without pre-printed guidelines. I'm not sure about the exact brand, although it should be pretty smooth so you can work well with nib pens. I don't know what paper you've bought, but glossy... LOL, sounds more like photo paper. It's best to try out different types and find the one you can work best with. I would definitely fancy some B4 paper, but without a larger scanner it's a bit pointless.
Good luck ^^

Submitted by renjisan on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 17:13

thank you i appreciate it. and good luck to you too.

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 19:42

Yeah your probably right. From what i heard was that it was for an actual series but maybe i misread/heard.

Anyways the paper I'm using for my comic (and the paper i used for past comics) was the Strathmore Bristol comic book paper. Its the best ive used so far. Also it can be found in most art stores.
Sorry its not letting me put a link so just google it lol.

Submitted by renjisan on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 19:49

i'm glad i could be of help. anyway thank you for that. i've been researching for weeks for what type of paper to use, but i never found anything.

if i read correctly you said you were in high school. I am too, it's nice to hear about another high schooler who is interested in making manga. anyway i wish you luck in the contest. thank you again.

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 20:27

Your welcome. Glad I can help too.
And yes I was inspired to become a manga artist in Freshman year of highschool (when i started reading Bakuman). There is a lot of teens who are inspired to become manga-kas so thats pretty cool. :D
Wish you luck as well! Hope we both get into the final candidates at least.

Submitted by renjisan on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:59

thats how i got interested in manga. i've been drawing every day until 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning everyday practicing. but to be honest i wish someone i knew wanted to make manga with me. Mashiro's and takagi's dynamic was amazing.

Submitted by Cisco9630 on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 18:54

wow I draw in random times so i don't have a set schedule especially because of homework, but on free days ill draw almost the entire day (of course with breaks and stuff lol).
yes I have friends who want to make a "manga" with me but they aren't serious about it and that upsets me. They basically want me to do the entire work and add their name on it soooo they can forget about joining me lol. I also get annoyed with those who draw illustrations only here and there and say they want to be a manga artist. I mean thats nice but there's soo much more to manga so when they say that it makes me feel like my dream is being mocked. >_>lol

Submitted by renjisan on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 14:03

truthfully i have neglected school even sometimes skipped it to draw. i pitt myself against Mashiro and takagi to see if i can achieve what they are doing. they completed their first manga over summer break so i need to do the same. however my real goal is being as good of an artist as takeshi obata.

Submitted by conan on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 13:59

does anybody know how to create a Zip file? i am confused at that right now.

Submitted by Chawana on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 07:32

It's actually quite simple. You can either right click one image > send to zip file > drag the rest in.
select them all > right click > send to zip file.

Not really a huge difference, really. :P

Submitted by Samyueru on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 18:33

Good luck to everyone competing!

Submitted by Chawana on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 07:43

Hoping I can get a scanner large enough to scan the paper size...I normally use normal printer paper, so my current scanner doesn't have room for a large piece of paper, and I don't want to invalidate my work just because I used the wrong paper size. : \

As for the direction of the's something from the FAQ some of you might be interested in:
"Q. Does submission has to be made from right to left like in Shonen Jump? Or just draw it from left to right and mirror it.

A.You can choose your manga to be bound on the right side or the left side, whichever that suits your manga."
I am lead to assume that we can do left to right if we wish.

Submitted by saiko_neko_haruko on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 08:20

I am seriously working on a manga to be published one day. If I were to use characters from this manga in the competition one shot, will I still be able to use the same characters and story line in a future publication?

Submitted by Chawana on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:29

I would not use the same characters, to be honest.

I think that the story I submit will be one I carry on with, but will not be publishing it for money, so I'm sure that will be fine. I don't think I'll win anyway, but just incase, I wouldn't use characters or a story which you'd like to publish in a real book at one point.

It's kinda like how a director needs to pay royalties to make a batman movie...batman is the character, and gotham is the city; both of which are intellectual property, as would your characters be.

I'm not a lawyer, though, so I could be off the mark a bit.

Submitted by chilbig on Sun, 06/16/2013 - 11:21

From Rules of Application:

"All rights including the publication rights, the screening stage rights, adaptation to animation or live action video of the submitted works shall belong to Shueisha."

No, Shueisha will legal own your characters and story. If you plan to self-publish or use with a different publisher, do not enter your manga in this contest. If the story is "your baby" and you have an attachment to it, don't submit it to this contest. Even if your manga doesn't win, Shueisha will sit on the rights. My advice is to only submit something you can let go of. If it works out, they may share the copyright with you, but don't go in assuming that.