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We had such an incredible response to the last Round’s theme, we decided to give you more of the same!


Moments of FEAR, JOY and LOVE can elicit a huge array of emotional responses. Numerous scenes of drama, tension or happiness are at your fingertips when encapsulating one of these “moments”.

A huge element of manga is effectively illustrating facial expressions in the most extreme of circumstances, and each of these “moments” will give you ample opportunity to do just that!

The primordial sense of fear is perhaps one of our strongest emotions. Aside from the obvious spooky causes of fear, we can also fall prey to it on the eve of a job interview, a first date, or even an uncertain outlook about the future. An honest and endless source of manga inspiration.

If fear is our vulnerability, then joy is our reward! You got that job, your second date is secure, an uncertain future is exciting and full of possibilities! Joy can manifest itself in a million ways for a million reasons. Just ask yourself… What makes you happy?

Love is a universal human theme, complex and bulging with emotion. From the bronze age Fall of Troy and the tragedy of star-crossed lovers, to an endless list of romcom movies, love is the timeless emotion that has launched a thousand stories.


We want to see a short, dialogue-free manga that encompasses ONE of these key emotional representations. Let your imagination run wild with stories of any genre that utilizes fear, joy or love as its core. As always, the legendary SMA judges will evaluate your artistic skills, your ability to build drama with an effective climatic twist and your paneling/directorial skills.


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Tell your friends about the SMA and invite them to the audition! Feel free to share the info by using the links below.

Just 3 Easy Steps to Enter!

Audition Details

  • NO DIALOGUE: tell your story through images alone.
  • Manuscript: Reading order from the right to left, monochrome only.
  • Number of pages: 5 – 17 pages
  • Page file size: Not to exceed 2mb
  • Genre: Any genre.
  • NO plagiarism; nudity; explicit violence, or material that is likely to cause offence.

For more information, please refer to the Rules and Guidelines page


“28th JULY, 2021”
12:00 noon in YOUR time zone



How to upload your entry: Online Entry guide >>
Submit your application via: Entry portal

*We no longer accept postal entries.


Tsukasa Hojo

Creator : “City Hunter”

Tetsuo Hara

Co-Creator : “Fist of the North Star”

Ryuji Tsugihara

Creator : “Yoroshiku Mecha-Doc”

Jun Tomizawa

Creator : “Koroshi-ya Menkichi (Menkichi the Avenger)”

Nobuhiko Horie

CEO, Coamix Corp. (Former Chief Editor, “Monthly Comic ZENON”, “Weekly Shonen Jump”, etc.)