Kodansha and Pixiv Open “Kodansha Manga Scout Fest” to International Artists

See your work in Nakayoshi, Aria, Sirius, Desert or Itan

Aspiring manga authors, here's a talent contest for you. Manga publishing titan Kodansha has teamed up with Japanese art community Pixiv for a scouting competition that could see your work printed in one of five magazines (Nakayoshi, Aria, Sirius, Desert, Itan). It's explicitly open to artists worldwide, so start drawing!



【How to Enter】
(1)Draw a comic of any genre or size.
(2)Submit your comic with the Japanese tag below. Entries without this tag will be disqualified.

We’ll only accept comics that follow the rules above.

【Submission Guidelines】
Recommended Web Size: You may upload it in any size.
Please only use characters and stories created by you.

・Submission Format: Please submit it using pixiv’s manga submission function.
・Page count:The comic needs to be a complete story and can be any number of pages.

※The winner will be required to submit their comic in grayscale, at least 300 dpi, and in TIFF, PSD, or EPS.

Number of Submissions: You may submit more than 1 entry.

【Selection Process】
Submissions will undergo a strict judging process to select winners.


○Grand Champion (1 entry)
Your comic’s debut in one of Kodansha’s 5 magazines.
Grand Champion prize money of 200,000 yen

○Champion (1 entry per magazine, for a total of 5 winners)
Each magazine will have 1 winner debut their work on pixiv comic’s top page
Champion prize money of 50,000 yen


 See current entries here.


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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