The International MANGA Award Executive Committee announced on April 15, 2022, that they are open to accepting entries for the 16th Japan International MANGA Award from April 15 to July 8, 2022.
Applicants should be a non-Japanese national and can be either be the artist or the writer of the entry. They must submit a manga that is more than 16 pages long and created during the last three years. Artists and publications can submit both published and unpublished works to the competition, with the exception of those that have previously won a Japan International Manga Award.
The official website of the Japan International Manga Award describes the purpose of the award as an effort “to spread MANGA culture overseas and promote international cultural exchanges through MANGA.”
The best work will receive the gold prize, while three other exceptional works will receive silver awards. The awardees will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation approximately for 10 days to attend the award ceremony if the COVID-19 situation permits. They will also have the opportunity to meet with Japanese MANGA creators and tour publishing houses during their trip to Japan.
The award ceremony for the 16th iteration will take place in Tokyo in February 2023.
Dutch artist Aimée de Jongh won the gold award for Days of sand, while Always never by Jordi Lafebre (Spain) and CliniClowns: last goodbye by Cory Ko (Taiwan) won the silver award with Moonchosen for the 15th Japan International Manga Award, which took place at the Tokyo Convention Hall on March 4.
International Manga Award is an annual award established to encourage non-Japanese manga artists in 2007. This award was created by Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Asō, who proposed this award in a policy speech he gave in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in 2006.
The selection is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Annually, award honorees are recommended by the advisers including Machiko Satonaka and many other manga artists.