Rules of the 5th competition

presented by Weekly Morning,Kodansha,Japan

Now accepting all entries!

Boasting a circulation of 350,000 copies, the nearly 30-year-old Morning is Japan's most prominent weekly comics magazine for grown-ups. Home to mega-hit titles such as Vagabond, Kami no Shizuku, The Silent Service, Say Hello to Black Jack, Gon, Chi's Sweet Home, and Peepo Choo, the magazine has been a socially important one in Japan since its first issue. Now, we have set our eyes on the world stage, holding a large-scale competition determined to discover new talent across the globe.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2011.

Prizes: Grand prize will be awarded US $3000. Second prize will be awarded US $1000.
In addition, the grand prize entry will be published in either Morning, Japan's most influential weekly comic magazine for grown-ups, Morning 2, its extra edition, or, the official website of the magazine and its comics. The grand prize winner will also be assigned one of Morning's superb and experienced editors, who will assist them in creating future works. (However, we do not ensure that a grand prize will be awarded in every competition.)

Second prize winners will also be assigned an editor, and there is a possibility that their submission will be published in Morning, Morning 2, or
Comic artists Kinoko and YOVOVA (Meng-Lin Yu), both prior recipients of the award, have been actively creating new comics with Morning, with their works published in Morning 2 three times and one time, respectively. There is also a very real possibility that their works will be collected and published in trade paperback form.
Our aim is to discover artists such as these two, whose works will eventually be published in our magazines as well as our trade paperbacks in Japan, and around the world.

[1] Rules regarding content of submissions:
Works must be no more than fifty pages, and they must not have been published in a commercial magazine or sold in a commercially published volume in any country.

[2] Rules regarding illustration:
Submissions are not bound by any restrictions regarding paper, drawing tools, or drawing materials. Both color and black-and-white submissions will be accepted. (However, in the case that a color submission is published, it may be printed in black-and-white.) For reference, standard Japanese comics are drawn on B4-sized paper with black ink, using 270mm x 180mm borders. Entries may be submitted on CD-R or on other digital storage media, but we request that a printed copy be included with any such data-based entries. Text may be in your native language, in English, or in Japanese, and should be typeset or written in a clear and easily readable way.

[3] Entries will be judged by the Morning International Comic Competition Selection Committee.

[4] How to Apply: Send entries to:
Kodansha Morning M.I.C.C.
2-12-21 Otowa,
Bunkyo-ku Tokyo
Entries sent C.O.D. will not be accepted.

Please ensure that your name, address, age, occupation, telephone number, e-mail address, and CV/resume is included with your entry.

Entries will not be returned.
We recommend that you keep a copy of your entry.

[5] Kodansha Ltd. will automatically obtain the exclusive magazine publishing rights to all prize-winning submissions (whether for grand prize or secondary prizes), and the exclusive option to exercise the right to publish and/or exploit said submissions in independent books and on publisher websites, as well as the exclusive option to all other secondary/subsidiary rights with respect to said submissions. Kodansha Ltd. will determine whether or not to exercise any of its foregoing rights and/or options under its sole and absolute discretion.

[6] You must warrant that your submission is completely original under your own creation, all content therein is accurate and lawful, and does not contain material that is harmful, libelous or defamatory to, or material that may infringe the right of, any person or entity in any nature. You will be obliged to indemnify any damage Kodansha Ltd. may suffer as a result of any inconsistency to the foregoing.

[7] Results will be announced on the official Morning website around December 2011.