No official prizes awarded for novel, scenario, and manga divisions for 2nd year in a row
The Kyoto Animation Awards is earning a reputation as one of the most difficult prizes to actually win: for the 2nd year in a row, the KyoAni Awards jury has announced that they will not be awarding any official prizes in the novel, scenario, and manga categories. As Crunchyroll previously reported, no prizes were granted for the 6th annual Kyoto Animation Awards either.
Above: 2009 Novel "Encouragement" award winner Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.
The awards offer prizes for promising but unpublished works ranging from 1 million yen (about $9140 US) for the "Grand Prize" in each category to 100,000 yen (about $914 US) for the "Encouragement" award. There is also a 300,000 yen (about $2742 US) "Animation DO Special Prize" that was introduced in 2015.
Above: 2012 Novel "Encouragement" award winner Myriad Colors Phantom World.
Although no official prizes were awarded, the jury did recognize three works (Kyoko-san Fly High by Eiji Yoshikawa, Yoruta no Moriyumi Dojo by Kotoko Ayano, and Kono Hoshizora ni wa Kimi ga Tarinai! by Hoeru Yutake). These works each received a "Special Jury Prize", which teases the possibility of publication in the future.
Source: Official Kyoto Animation Award home page
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