The official twitter account of Shueisha’s MANGA Plus app revealed on Aug 30, 2022, that they have launched the MANGA Plus Creators platform in collaboration with Medibang. This platform will allow aspiring creators to upload their manga onto the MANGA Plus app and let people read it for free.
This initiative is similar to Shueisha’s Jump Rookie. However, while Rookie focuses on artists in Japan, the Creators platform is for artists from all over the world.
MANGA Plus Creators is now available on the MANGA Plus app as a separate special section. A new website too has been launched.
Anyone can publish or read a manga for free on MANGA Plus Creators platforms. It supports both vertical and horizontal reading direction. The manga that is submitted will be delivered in English and Spanish all across the world.
Artists can manage their manga through the dashboard of the platform. FAQs regarding the platform can be checked out here.
Additionally, all submitted works automatically become eligible for the MANGA Plus Creators monthly awards. The winners of the contest will get a chance to serialize their work on the MANGA Plus app and Shonen Jump+ platform, along with a monetary award of 1 million yen for Gold Award.
Silver and Bronze awards too will be handed out with a chance for serialization and prize money of 300,000 yen and 100,000 yen respectively.
The winners will be selected by the editorial department of Shueisha and also the score that is calculated in the first seven days after the manga is published. Score for ranking is based on the number of PV, Likes, Favorites, and bonus points. Up to 3 chapters of every series will be considered for the manga awards at the end of every month.
Results will be announced every month on the platform.
MANGA Plus is an online manga platform and smartphone app owned by Shueisha that was launched on Jan 28, 2019. It is available worldwide except in Japan, China, and South Korea.
MANGA Plus publishes translated versions of new chapters from currently serialized manga in Weekly Shōnen Jump, a big portion of manga from the Shōnen Jump+ app/website, and some manga from Jump Square, Weekly Young Jump, Tonari no Young Jump and V Jump.
The app is currently running their “First Read Free” program, which will allow the users to read all chapters of the ongoing 41 english SIMULRELEASE mangas for free, as part of its third anniversary celebrations. Each chapter will be readable only once.
The program started in January 2022 and will run till January 2023.