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2014 Year Entry Details

Taiyo Nakashima Taiyo Nakashima 23/08/2013 11 min read
  2014 2nd Round of Silent Manga Audition will Open for entry! (Please note, to avoid confusion, we are now calling the second year round of Silent Manga Audition as “2014” round, as entries are accepted between 2013-2014.)

“The homeland of manga, Japan, is seeking your talent!!”

Do you have what it takes to be the next manga star? Read the following rules and regulations, to submit your work. 2014 Theme : “The Finest Smile” Between loved ones, or between people who are in contact for just a brief moment of time, a “Smile” always brings that warm emotion to a person, sometimes even more. What was the most memorable SMILE in your memory? “The Finest Smile” is the theme for second year round of Silent Manga Audition. It could be the moment your partner accepting your marriage proposal, or it could be someone smiling to you, for reasons which may not be your original intension. It could be in hostile environment, it could be between animals or aliens, or possibly some object which just happened to seem like a smiling face to you but not everyone else. Capture that moment, and tell the story through “Silent Manga!”

Silent Manga Audition Rules

“No Words, No Story” Submissions are judged based on the author’s use of a manga artist’s most valuable skill: performance. Please express the selected “one emotion” in a way that is uniquely yours. No need to come up with a complex story. The important thing is to convey the selected theme to your readers. Visually depict your characters emotions without relying on a backstory and gimmicks. Professionals and amateurs of any gender; all are welcome to apply! “Dialogue is not to be used in the manga” The challenge is to use only your talent at visual performance. Entry Detail, rules and updates are posted on official website and Facebook page. The Award winners will have chance to have their work published in a Japanese Manga magazine! Entries will also be published on our website!


End of March 2014 The results of this award will be announced in July 2014 on . We will start accepting entries in September 2013, via new entry system.


Respected professional manga artists will view your work!! Tsukasa Houjou – “City Hunter” Tetsuo Hara – “Hokuto no Ken” (The Fist of the North Star) Nobuhiko Horie – CEO, Coamix Corp. (Former Chief Editor, “Monthly Comic Zenon”, “Weekly Shonen Jump”) Comic Zenon Editorial Team Silent Manga Audition Committee

The Prizes

Winner : JPY 500,000 Winner Runner-up : JPY 300,000 Excellence : JPY 100,000 Excellence Runner-Up : JPY 30,000 Honourable Mention : JPY 10,000

A Message from Manga Masters to Ambitious Authors

Tetsuo Hara They say the devil is in the details. In manga, the more attention you pay to the details, the more life your characters will have. It is this philosophy that has made Japan’s manga culture beloved throughout the world. I look forward to fighting alongside the authors of the world. Tsukasa Houjou As in movies, a simple change of camera angle in mangas can make a scene fun or sad. Even with the same facial expression, it is possible to convey different emotions. I hope everyone will enjoy the “power of performance” that is the core of manga as they work on their projects. Nobuhiko Horie It’s been over 60 years since an author from Osamu Tezuka’s generation developed manga into a accepted form of expression. In Japan, manga has spread itself into new frontiers and many new talented artists have discovered themselves. Historically, manga has used the same flow as movies to express the essence of action and movement. Manga has the power to move people. This is the idea that was the foundation for the Silent Manga Audition. Please test the expressive power of your country’s manga.

Application : Online

Submit your application via entry system on, starting September 2013.

Application : By Post

Please provide all of the following information, printed on paper or text file if sending digital medium. Your legal name (+ “Pen name” if applicable), Title of your work, E-mail Address, Postal address, Age upon entry, Occupation, Phone Number, Brief Biography, List of Previous Projects *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 with the posting.

Send Application to:

Silent Manga Audition Committee 3rd Floor, Kichijoji Zizo bld., Kichijoji-Minami Cho 1-9-9, Musashino, Tokyo, JAPAN, 180-0003

Submission Agreements

By sending your original work to Silent Manga Audition, you agree to be bound to the following: The manga must be an unpublished original work (imitations, parodies, or altered versions of someone else’s manga are not allowed). NSP and third parties associated with the Silent Manga Audition, here by called the Silent Manga Audition Committee, may use submissions in the following ways, anywhere in the world. In some cases, a submission may undergo translation upon use. 1:Publication in magazines and other printed media. Publication in a manga book. 2:Distribution as an e-book. 3:Promotional material related to 1 and 2. Any use of the submission other than those mentioned above will be discussed between NSP and the author prior to use. (this includes cases where the author intends to use the submission in some way) The submission will be considered as published in Japan first, and will therefore be bound by Japan’s copyright laws. Should either of the below circumstances apply to a submission, it will be disqualified. If prizes have already been allocated, the author’s right to the prize will be null and void. 1. Submission was already submitted to another manga contest, or was announced/used in another magazine. 2. Submission belongs to, or in some way infringes on the rights/profits of, a third party.
Taiyo Nakashima

Taiyo Nakashima