This is a manga, comic, and illustration contest open to students worldwide. Winners are eligible for cash prizes, digital creation software, pen tablets, and chances to be featured in the media too! The contest is also an opportunity to have your work judged and critiqued by professional creators and boost your skills. There are many categories to choose from, and many opportunities to win prizes! Entries will be accepted soon, so start your project now!

Contest theme:


Participant School Registration

Nov 10 (Tues), 2020 ~ April 20 (Tues), 2021 9:00 (GMT)

Work Submission Period

Jan 12 (Tues) ~ April 29 (Thurs), 2021 9:00 (GMT)

Winner Announcement

Early July 2021

Submission Guidelines

Entries will be accepted for the following six categories. The theme for all categories is Admiration.

Comic Category (Color) An original color comic for all ages (8-16 pages, including cover).
Manga Category (B&W/Color) An original black-and-white or color comic/manga for all ages (8-16 pages, including cover).
Bande Dessinée Category (Color) An original bande dessinée for all ages (8-16 pages, including cover).
Webtoon Category (Color) An original webtoon for all ages (sized 800 x 40,000-72,000 pixels or a height ratio of 50 to 90 for an image 800 pixels or less when the width is set to 1). A template will be available for download.
Webtoon Category Template
Storyboard Category A 4-8 page monochrome manga, comic, or webtoon drawn according to the supplied storyboard text. Storyboard text due to be published in late November.
(Courtesy of Booklive & Shueisha)
Illustration Category An original color illustration for all ages (no size requirements).
  • You can submit artwork made digitally or traditionally. Submissions may be created using any drawing tools or software. If you create your submission using traditional tools, please submit a digital scan of the artwork. (Paper submissions will not be accepted)
  • There are no requirements for language depicted in works. However, English-language works tend to reach the widest audience.
  • Entries will not be made public until the results of the judging are announced.
  • For the Comic, Manga, and Bande Dessinée categories, please submit your work to the category you believe is most appropriate. However, each category specifies whether color and/or black-and-white entries are accepted.

Please apply after reading and understanding the application details.

Awards and Prizes

Comic / Manga / Bande Dessinée / Webtoon Categories

General Grand Prize (1 winner)

Cash prize: US$3,300
Wacom Cintiq 16, a 15.6" Full HD Creative Pen Display
・Three years of the paint tool for computers, tablets, and smartphones, Clip Studio Paint EX for a single-device*

Category Awards (1 Winner each)
Comics / Manga / Bande Dessinée / Webtoon Categories

Cash prize: US$1,700
Wacom One, a 13.3" pen display
・Three years of Clip Studio Paint EX for a single-device*

Runner-up: 3-5 Winners
Comics / Manga / Bande Dessinée / Webtoon Categories

・Three years of Clip Studio Paint EX for a single-device*

Storyboard Category

Grand Prize

Cash prize: US$2,200
Wacom One
・Three years of Clip Studio Paint EX for a single-device*

Runner-up: 3-5 Winners

・Three years of Clip Studio Paint EX for a single-device*

Illustration Category

Grand Prize

Cash prize US$550
Wacom One
・Three years of Clip Studio Paint PRO for a single-device*

Runner-up: 3-5 Winners

・Three years of Clip Studio Paint PRO for a single-device*

Note: If you already use Clip Studio Paint, you will be reimbursed with Gold points for the brushes, 3D data, and other materials downloaded to complete your submission.
Materials publishing and download site: Clip Studio ASSETS

How to Enter

Submission Criteria

Theme: Admiration
You can submit artwork made with any digital or traditional tool or software. Submissions may be created using any drawing tools or software. If you create your submission using traditional tools, please submit a digital scan of the artwork. (Paper submissions will not be accepted)

Comic / Manga / Bande Dessinée Categories
  • 8-16 page original work
  • Comic / Bande Dessinée: Color
    Manga: Black-and-white or color
  • Submissions may be formatted for right-to-left or left-to-right reading.
  • There are no restrictions on language depicted in works.
  • File Formats: PNG, JPEG, CLIP (CLIP STUDIO format), less than 32MB per page
  • You can create your comic in any size, but we recommend using 300 dpi resolution for color comics and 600 dpi for black-and-white works.
Webtoon Category
  • An original webtoon (sized 800 x 40,000-72,000 pixels or a height ratio of 50 to 90 for an image 800 pixels or less when the width is set to 1). Download the template below.
    Webtoon Category Template
  • Color
  • There are no restrictions on language depicted in works.
  • File Formats: PNG, JPEG, CLIP (CLIP STUDIO format), less than 32MB per page
Storyboard Category
  • A 4-8 page monochrome manga, comic, or webtoon drawn according to the supplied storyboard text.
  • Other requirements are the same as the Comic, Manga, Bande Dessinée, and Webtoon categories.
  • You can edit the storyboard text (lines, characters, etc.) as needed.
  • Storyboard text due to be published in late November (Courtesy of Booklive & Shueisha).
Illustration Category
  • An original color illustration
  • PNG or JPG format, less than 5MB.
  • There are no size restrictions, but we recommend the following:
    A4 sheet, 300 dpi (2480 x 3508 pixels)

Submission Rules

  • Applicants must be students aiming to debut as a creative professional, for example, as a manga artist or illustrator, at the time of application.
  • Submissions must be unpublished, original artworks that have not won other contests and must be suitable for all ages. (You may submit artwork that has been published in fanzines or on websites that do not offer compensation for artwork.)
  • There is no requirement to delete the items that have already been posted or published on social media or art sharing sites before the time of application, but please refrain from submitting or publishing until the examination results are announced.
  • Winners will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by judges and sponsors. These comments will be uploaded to the organizer’s official website. Parts of the works may be publicly reproduced for the sake of these critiques.
  • A teacher must register on behalf of the school or program in order for students to be eligible. If your status as a teacher cannot be confirmed, you will not be able to register your school for participation. Students will need to enter the school ID (issued by Celsys when a school is registered) when submitting their artwork.
  • Supporting companies may also contact contest participants for permission to display the artwork in their media. A participants’ name, age, email address, and school in which they are enrolled may be shared with these entities in such an event. In order to be eligible to receive any awards, you are required to consent to a written agreement, which includes responding in good faith to communications from the sponsors. Winners’ addresses will also be shared with sponsors for the purpose of shipping prizes. We appreciate your understanding of these rules when submitting your works.
  • The winning entries may be used in promotional materials for Celsys, Inc. and collaborating companies.
  • Text within entries may be translated into other languages to present the artwork to an international audience.
  • Works are not eligible for submission or judging in the following cases:
    • - If not suitable for all ages.
    • - Content that infringes on copyright or intellectual property.
    • - Offensive or objectionable content.
    • - Other entries may be deemed inadmissible by the organizer. In such cases, the reasons for exclusion will not be given.
  • Contest entries will be posted online after results are announced. Entrants’ artist name, school name, country name, and work title will be displayed along with the work.
  • If you are a digital artist and a winner of the Comic, Manga, Bande Dessinée, or Webtoon categories, please send us the data with separated layers so that we may translate your comic. As much as possible, save the data before merging layers.
  • A single applicant may submit multiple entries.
  • Prize money will be transferred to your Paypal account.
  • Celsys may send information about sponsor companies to the school email address provided when registering.
  • Entries that do not meet the contest rules/conditions, such as contestants not registered with a participating institution, will be accepted in the Free Category.

How to Enter

We will begin accepting submissions from January 12 (Tues), 2021

A teacher must register on behalf of the school or program in order for students to be eligible. Students will need to enter the school ID (issued by Celsys when a school is registered) when submitting their artwork.

Participant School Registration

Please enter the necessary information below in the application form. The contest organizer will send a school ID via e-mail at a later date for submitting contest entries. It may take up to five business days for your registration to be accepted. School IDs issued for previous contests cannot be used. If you have registered your school for previous contests, you still must register separately for this event.

Required Information:

School name, type of school, teacher’s name, e-mail address, phone number, school website URL, school’s logo file*

* Logo is optional. Provided school logos will be displayed on the official website at a later date.

To confirm that you are a school teacher, you need to attach a copy of a form of identification to prove your status when applying. The following forms of identification are accepted:

- your business card, teacher identification card, or other documentation.


Participant School Registration

School ID sent by e-mail

How to Apply (Comic / Manga / Bande Dessinée / Webtoon Categories)

Students should submit their work individually using their school’s ID.

  • Creating a Clip Studio Account
    Please create a free Clip Studio account to upload comic submissions. All you need is an email address to register an account.
    If you already have a Clip Studio account, skip to Step 2.


    Clip Studio account

  • Upload your comic
    Upload your comic to Clip Studio SHARE. Clip Studio SHARE is an electronic viewer for easily embedding and reading comics and manga.

    Upload Your Comic

  • Fill in the application form below and enter the URL of the entry published on Clip Studio SHARE.
    You will need your school ID when submitting your artwork.

    Enter your submission URL and school ID in the entry form


    Open from January 12

How to Submit (Illustration Category)

Students should submit their work individually using their school’s ID.

  • Fill in the application form below and upload your illustration.


    Enter your submission URL and school ID in the entry form

    Submit an Illustration

    Open from January 12

Application FAQ

  • Q1: Can student applicants register their school?
    A1: No, a school teacher must register their school for participation.
  • Q2: My school doesn’t have a website. Can I still apply?
    A2: Yes, you can apply even if there is no school website. Please attach a copy of your business card, teacher identification card, or other documentation proving your status as a teacher when applying.
  • Q3: What’s the difference between the Comic, Manga, and Bande Dessinée categories?
    A3: Submissions are accepted for each category. Please submit to the category you personally believe your work fits in best with. However, note that color comics can be submitted for the Comic, Bande Dessinée, and Manga categories, but black-and-white submissions will only be accepted for the Manga category.
  • Q4: Can I enter works that have been in other contests?
    A4: Yes, if they have not won any awards at other contests.
  • Q5: Can I publish my work on social media or online after entering?
    A5: If a piece has already been published on social media or a website, it’s not necessary to delete it. However, please refrain from uploading an entered piece before the results announcement.

Judges & Sponsors

Contest submissions will be judged by an artist panel and sponsor companies.
Results announced: Early July 2021 (tentative)


Charlie Adlard


Charlie has been a “veteran” of the comic industry for over 25 years. He’s spent the majority of his time since 2003 working on The Walking Dead, which finished in 2019, and has received many industry awards for his work on the series culminating in winning the Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art in 2019. In his time as a cartoonist he has worked on many other projects as far reaching as Mars Attacks, the X-Files, Judge Dredd, Savage, Batman, X-Men, Superman etc and creator-owned projects closer to his heart like Astronauts In Trouble, Breath Of The Wendigo, Codeflesh, Rock Bottom, Vampire State Building, and White Death.

Simone Ferriero


I'm Simone Ferriero, (in art SimzArt) an illustrator and comic book artist based in Italy. I always loved drawing and I've been passionate about art since I have memory. I'm currently working on different projects, like a web-comic series called Falling in the Blue.

Masashi “Kinpachi” Okamoto

After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, he joined Shueisha. After working at a women's magazine & portal site, he participated in digitizing manga. He planned and developed the Comics Digital Archives, which archives and manages a database of major comics published by Shueisha. He was involved in the digitization of manga production for manga magazines like Shonen Jump. After being transferred to the Digital Business Department, he founded Manga Factory and SSDB (Shueisha's comprehensive database).

Takuya Kashima

After being assigned to the Seinen manga magazine in a major publishing house, he worked on manga production as a founding member of a bi-weekly magazine. He also has experience working on collaborative manga projects with companies and TV series adaptions. He then worked as an editor-in-chief in a media start-up and founded a manga label for an app. He is also responsible for the publication of a weekly manga magazine, which belongs to a major newspaper, and is a lecturer at a prominent manga school. Since January 2020, he has been head of the BookLive Content department.

Kim Bedenne

Official website:

Ki-oon Tokyo Office Representative. After working at Kodansha’s International Business Bureau for four and a half years, she once returned to France where she worked for three and a half years as editor-in-chief for PIKA, a major French manga publisher, before coming back to Japan in October 2015 as the head of Ki-oon’s Japan office.

More judges to be annouced soon!

Special Sponsors


Shueisha is a Japanese publisher that publishes manga, fashion magazines, and literary books. They have published comic magazines such as Weekly Shonen Jump, Weekly Young Jump, Ribon, Margaret, and Bessatsu Margaret. They have also published internationally renown comics such as One Piece.


KADOKAWA is a comprehensive entertainment company that is involved in a wide range of businesses, including book publishing, movies and animation. Comic Walker is a free comic site that offers many popular KADOKAWA manga in one place. From the latest media mixes to popular sci-fi comics, more than 3,000 works are posted here free of charge.


SHOGAKUKAN is an all-around publisher of comic, children's, information, and women's magazines as well as literary and picture books. The company has comic magazines covering a wide readership from young boys and girls to adults, including "Corocoro Comic," "Weekly Shōnen Sunday," "Sho-Comi" and "Big Comic." They also run the "Manga One" comic app, which boasts over 20 million downloads.


Since its establishment in 2011, BookLive! has been one of the largest comprehensive e-book stores in Japan, with a selection of around one million books, including manga, novels, novellas and magazines. From coupon gacha and other unique campaigns to the highly-rated bookshelf function and a number of payment options, we strive to provide readers with an easy-to-use platform. There are over 10,000 titles available to read for free without even needing to register for an account! Give it a go with your favorite manga and see how easy it is to use. We also produce original e-books, aiming to create manga that will tickle the hearts of the "smartphone manga generation".


Pioneer of creative pen tablets and displays which are being used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world.


Ki-oon is a French publishing house founded in 2003 by two people who love Japan. They are currently the fourth largest publisher in France publishing "My Hero Academia," "Jujutsu Kaisen," "A Bride's Story," "Prophecy," "BEASTARS," and many more. In addition to purchasing licenses, they also produce and publish original works in a variety of genres.
These works are initially published in France and then licensed for worldwide distribution (including Japan).



A comic book publisher with a mission to "bring FUN to life through the power of stories." FUNGUILD plans and edits original comics to meet the needs of their readership of girls, women, and young men, and distribute them to various online comic sites in Japan and abroad.

Amutus Corporation

Mecha Comic, one of Japan's largest e-book sites, plans and produces with its production partners the original brand "Mecha Comic Original," which is distributed on e-book sites in Japan and abroad. Note: With the exception of Mecha-Comic, books are sold in bookstores under the Amucomi brand.

Solmare Publishing
(NTT Solmare Corp.)

Operator of Japan's largest e-book store, Comic cmoa. The store’s specialist e-comic editorial team, the Solmare Editorial Department, is responsible for the store. The department fully supports author debuts and the creation of hits, including the production of many media works.

Tapas Media

Tapas Media is a next-generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas. Tapas Media properties, which consist of the Tapas mobile app and, boasts over 6 billion content views to date, from over 3 million readers, primarily in North America. Tapas Media provides a best-in-class reading experience for story fans on mobile devices and the web.


A men's fashion magazine published by Shueisha that targets men in their 40's with a keen interest in everything from fashion to culture.

J-POP Manga

J-POP, Edizioni BD’s manga imprint, is one of Italy's leading manga publishers. Since its launch in 2006, J-POP Manga has offered a diverse lineup of more than 3,000 titles ranging from popular shonen manga such as Promised Neverland and Tokyo Ghoul to masterpiece collections by authors such as Go Nagai, Osamu Tezuka, Riyoko Ikeda, Moto Hagio, Taiyo Matsumoto, Junji Ito, and Kazuo Kamimura.

Glénat Editions SA

Established in 1969 by Jacques Glénat, Glénat is a French publisher specializing in bande dessinée, manga, American comics, and books on leisure topics (sea, mountains, gastronomy, cultural heritage, children and youth). A pioneer of Japanese manga publishing in France, Glénat remains the undisputed market leader in France today.



Hakusensha is the publisher of "Young Animal," "Young Animal ZERO," “Le Paradis.” They also publish Shojo magazines such as "Hana to Yume," "LaLa," "MELODY," "The Hana to Yume," and "LaLaDX." They also produce online magazines for women's manga, "Love Silky," "Love Jossie," "Hana Yume Ai," young men’s manga, "Harem," and the and the "Manga Park" app.


One of the biggest and most successful manga competitions in the world. Organized by Coamix, Inc., founded by some of Japan's most iconic manga creators, the competition aims to find, nurture and publish the next generation of international manga creators.


“comico" is a manga/novel app that features a large collection of original vertical scrolling, full-color manga. In addition to the overseas versions in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, comico has recently begun offering its service in English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The app has been downloaded more than 35 million times worldwide.


Inspired by similar comics markets in Japan, CoAket is the first of its kind in Germany and is getting attention from local artists. Open twice a year in Hamburg, CoAket focuses on artist displays and publisher’s booths.

Tokyo Name Tank

Our goal is to support everyone in creating their own manga while having fun drawing it. We have produced many award-winning and debut artists. In addition to storyboard lessons that cover how to structure a complete 32-page storyboard, we also hold individual consultations and storyboard exchange sessions to answer concerns about the creation of comics.

Cork, Inc.

Cork is a creative agency with a mission to "change the world, one person at a time, through the power of storytelling." The company is striving to redefine "editing" for a new era by working in collaboration with creators not only on an editorial level to design universal stories, but also on a community level to create enthusiasm while connecting directly with fans.


Japan Cartoonists Association

The Japan Manga Association was established in December 1964 as the only nationwide organization of Japan's manga artist at that time. It’s engaged in a variety of projects, such as research on comics, efforts in popularizing comics and comics culture, and comics cultural exchange with other countries. The group became a Public Interest Incorporated Association in 2014.

Manga Japan

Manga Japan is an organization that aims to promote the development of manga culture and artists, contribute to society through the manga industry, promote international exchange and improve production environments for manga authors and others involved in the industry.

Digital Manga Association

The Digital Manga Association is an organization of volunteers established to explore creative technologies for the creation of digital manga and comics and research copyright issues caused by digitization.

Contest Partners

World Manga Senbutsu

Operational Support

Graphixly LLC Toutlemonde Production Co., Ltd.


Clip Studio Paint
This contest is organized by Celsys, the developers of graphic software Clip Studio Paint. Enter for a chance to win in one of the manga, comic, webtoon, bande dessinée, storyboard, and illustration categories!

International Comic / Manga School Contest 2020

The previous contest, held from January 2020 on the theme of “Promise,” received over 750 entries from 825 schools in 69 countries around the globe!

The winning entries received detailed advice from sponsors. Please feel free to reference them in your work.