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SILENT MANGA AUDITION® EXTRA ROUND FOUR
Kit Kat Round 2018

On this very special occasion, SILENT MANGA AUDITION® have teamed up with Nestlé JAPAN to present “SMA EXTRA ROUND FOUR – Kit Kat Round 2018”!!

In Japan, the act of sitting an exam or studying for one, is considered nothing less than a major turning point in each person’s life. All across the nation, children hoping to enter their desired kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school, high school, or university prepare for the necessary entrance examination, giving their very best while being afforded the full support of their family, friends, and teachers alike in order to help them achieve the best result possible.

“KITTO KATSU”

Here in Japan, Nestlé’s Kit Kat shares a name that phonetically sounds very much like the Japanese expression “Kitto Katsu”, or “Surely win” in English.

With this same sentiment firmly in mind, the Kit Kat has become a much loved snack that is considered a token of good fortune by both those preparing for an exam or important trial, and by the many who offer their support to such challengers.

SMA-EX4 THEME: “EXAM” + “TRIAL”

With this in mind, we have decided the theme for this EX-4 round will be “EXAM” or “TRIAL”.

In this round, we hope to see many entries from around the world depicting stories of people who, like the students here in Japan, give it their all when taking an exam or trial. We are also hoping to see heartwarming episodes of those who support such people, as well as those of friends or comrades who are working towards the same exam or trial.

As for countries that don’t place the same importance on taking exams that Japan does, we would love to receive works that are based on similar life-changing trials that are more prominent in your culture, like a job interview or an audition for example. We are very much looking forward to the rich variety of work that creators around the world submit based on the theme of “EXAM” or “TRIAL”!

[Example]

・You’re studying hard for an EXAM with barely enough time to eat, never mind see your friends. Your caring mother not only ensures you eat, she includes little notes of encouragement in your lunch, giving you the will and determination to succeed!

・Or maybe you’re panicking over a driving TEST. Aside from your regular driving lessons, your (driving qualified) friends plan a weekend away and insist you drive the group to the destination, all the while explaining the road signs you pass. With this preparation, backed with the support of friends, passing the test turns out to be a breeze!

So, for a chance to put your manga making skills to the TEST, why not enter the exhilarating TRIAL that is the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® EXTRA ROUND FOUR (EX4) for your chance to win cash prizes and see your work on the screen!

Don’t forget, help is always where you find it!

reference articles: EX4 Cram School

“LESSON #1: The Japanese and TAKING EXAMS”
“LESSON #2: Kit Kat… A Taste of Home”
“LESSON #3: Gifting Fortune”
“LESSON #4: DRIVE to SUCCEED!”

Just 3 Easy Steps to Enter!

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Audition Details

RULE:

“NO DIALOGUE”. Use only drawings to tell your story.
・31 PAGES OR LESS

GUIDELINE & TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS >>

DEADLINE:

“30th NOVEMBER, 2018” PM 11:59 / 23:59 (IN YOUR COUNTRY’S TIME ZONE)

PRIZES:

・GRAND PRIX : JPY 500,000
・GRAND PRIX RUNNER-UP : JPY 300,000
・EXCELLENCE : JPY 100,000
・EXCELLENCE RUNNER-UP : JPY 50,000
・HONOURABLE MENTION : JPY 10,000

HOW TO ENTER:

1.ONLINE ENTRY (strongly recommended)
Submit your application via Entry portal.

How to Upload Your Work – Online Entry guide >>

2.By Post

Send Application to:
The SILENT MANGA AUDITION Committee
3rd Floor, Kichijoji Zizo bld., Kichijoji-Minami Cho 1-9-9,
Musashino, Tokyo, JAPAN, 180-0003

*If you wish to have your submission returned to you, please provide a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage. If sending by post we advise you to keep a photocopy of the work, in case there may be problems during transmission.

JUDGES:

Tsukasa HojoCreator, “City Hunter” series, etc.
Tetsuo HaraCo-Creator, “Fist of the North Star” series, etc.
Ryuji TsugiharaCreator ,“Yoroshiku Mecha-Doc” series, etc.
Jun TomizawaCreator ,“Koroshi-ya Menkichi (Menkichi the Avenger)” series, etc.
Nobuhiko HorieCEO, Coamix Corp. (Former Chief Editor, “Monthly Comic ZENON”, “Weekly Shonen Jump”, etc.)
・Comic ZENON Editorial Team / WEB Comic-ZENYON Editorial Team / SMAC! Web Magazine Editorial Team

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