The NEW Dutch Manga Awards

This year is the seventh time the J-POP Foundation organizes the Dutch Manga Awards, but we decided on a complete new format!

The purpose of the Dutch Manga Awards has always been and will always be to encourage and support the artists and to inform the Dutch public of their work as part of our mission. The problem we had with the old format is that it became increasingly difficult to distinguish self-published work from works published by small publishers. The increase of web-comics and the decrease in printed comics also contributed to a shortage of material.

This is why we decided to start a new Dutch Manga Awards for new material. That is: material not published earlier in any form, including on the web. Of course you are (very) welcome to publish your work afterwards. In any form you like: the rights remain yours, but it may not be published until the opening of AnimeCon in the year you participate. In other words: we do not expect you to create work just for the contest, but we ask you to allow us to judge your work before you publish it.

There are two contests: the short story award and the character design award. For both we ask you to submit 3 to 6 pages of material. Both first prize winners will be invited to discuss their portfolio with Hanabi Publishers and the winning short comic will be published in AniWay. Up to 5 winners in each contest will be on show during our convention in the center of the building. [For those who know our convention: your work will be on display next to the central stairs in the middle of the building.]

We also want to display the exhibition elsewhere, but at the moment we have no definite commitments.

Anyone can participate! This is another major difference with old style Dutch Manga Awards, it does not matter whether you are a grizzled old artist with an esteemed career or you are new to drawing. We do have an extra prize for new talent though; but we know it can take years to become a pro so mostly we leave it up to the artist to decide whether or not they consider themselves new talent. Check the rules if you want to know the details.

The deadline for submission was the 1st of May but has been extended until the 15th of May. This not due to lack of submissions (we received 24 so far) but because Wacom has decided to sponsors the Dutch Manga Awards and we realized we could actually extend the deadline. Everybody who has already submitted work may of course use the extra time to send in a new version of their work. 

You can submit your entry by filling in the submission form and following directions from there. As this is the first year of this new format there are still some organizational details we are trying to clarify and some sponsors we are trying to get on board. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send them to dma (at) animecon (dot) nl.

Dutch Manga Awards Regulations / Reglement

1) The Dutch Manga Awards are organized by the Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur (the J-POP Foundation) and Hanabi Publishers. 1) De Dutch Manga Awards worden beheerd door de Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur (de Stichting J-POP) en Hanabi Publishers.

2) The Dutch Manga Awards consists of two contests each year:

a) One contest for short comics of 3 to 6 pages of original work: the short story award.
b) A character design contest where each contestant supplies 2 to 3 pages of design drawings and 2 to 3 pages that do not (need to) form a story but show the character in his world: the character design award.

2) De Dutch Manga Awards bestaan elk jaar uit twee wedstrijden:

a) Een wedstrijd voor korte strips van 3 tot 6 pagina’s origineel werk: de short story award.
b) Een ontwerpwedstrijd voor personages waarbij een tekenaar 2 tot 3 pagina’s met ontwerptekeningen en 2 tot 3 pagina’s die geen verhaal (hoeven) te vormen die het personage in zijn setting laten zien: de character design award.
3) Artists may participate and can win in both contests, but each entry will be eligible for only one of the prizes. Artists may also send in multiple entries for one contest, but are eligible for only one prize in each contest in each year. 3) Artiesten mogen deelnemen aan en kunnen winnen bij beide wedsstrijden, maar elke inzending kan maar voor één van de prijzen in aanmerking komen. Artiesten mogen ook meerdere keren deelnemen aan een wedstrijd, maar kunnen elk jaar maar één prijs winnen per wedstrijd.
4) Everybody can participate with both of these contests by filling in the contest form and by sending the contribution in in digital form before the 1st 15th of May in the year of participation. It is not allowed to submit published materials: online or other publication of the submission is not allowed until the opening of the AnimeCon of the year of participation. The only other requirement is that winners must be able to attend the reward presentation during the Opening Ceremony of AnimeCon on Friday. 4) Iedereen kan deelnemen aan beide wedstrijden door het invullen van het het wedstrijdformulier en de bestanden digitaal op te sturen voor 1 15 mei van het jaar van deelneming. Het materiaal mag niet elders gebruikt zijn: online of andere publicatie van het werk is niet toegestaan tot de opening van de AnimeCon van het jaar van deelname. De enige andere kwalificatie is dat winnende deelnemers in staat moeten zijn de prijsuitreiking tijdens de AnimeCon Opening Ceremony op vrijdag bij te wonen.
5) Submissions remain the sole ownership of the participant, but the J-POP Foundation, Hanabi Publishers, Stichting AniWay and sponsors are allowed to use the materials of the winners for the promotion of the Dutch Manga Awards, including by exhibiting the winners work, as long as the correct copyright is mentioned.
5) Inzendingen blijven het volledig eigendom van de deelnemer, maar de Stichting J-POP, Hanabi Publishers, Stichting Aniway en sponsoren mogen de materialen van de winnaars te alle tijden onder vermelding van copyright gebruiken ter promotie van de Dutch Manga Awards, waaronder middels het tentoonstellen van de winnaars.
6) Hanabi Publishers organizes the judging of the submitted works. 6) Hanabi Publishers regelt de jurering van de ingezonden werken.
7) The jury determines for both contests up to 5 winners and (if applicable) a first place in the group of new talent. If the jury decides that there is not enough quality material there may be fewer winners.
7) Voor beide wedstrijden bepaalt de jury tot 5 winnaars en (indien van toepassing) een eerste plek in de groep nieuw talent. Indien de jury beslist dat er niet genoeg materiaal van kwaliteit is kunnen er minder winnaars bekend gemaakt worden.
8) The material submitted by the winners will be turned into an exhibition that can visited during the whole AnimeCon weekend by anyone with a valid ticket, free of any further charge.
8) Van het materiaal van de winnende inzendingen wordt een tentoonstelling gemaakt die in elk geval gedurende het hele weekend van AnimeCon door iedereen met een toegangskaartje gratis bekeken kunnen worden.
9) Participants can decide for themselves whether they are new talent or not, except for participants who have previously won at the Dutch Manga Awards or who have or had a contract with a publishing house.
9) Deelnemers mogen zelf bepalen of ze nieuw talent zijn, met uitzondering van deelnemers die eerder bij de Dutch Manga Awards gewonnen hebben of die een contract bij een uitgeverij hebben of hadden.
10) Prizes:
a) All winners get 2 free and freely assignable Friday tickets for AnimeCon to see the exhibition and for voor the awards ceremony during the opening ceremony.
b) All winners are invited to attend a Wacom masterclass at a Wacom training center in the Netherlands. Travel costs will be reimbursed.
c) All winners will receive a 50,- euro check that can be spent on Royal Talens drawing materials in any serious art materials shop in the Netherlands.
d) The winners of the first prize in both contests both receive a 200,- euro cash prize and a trophy from the J-POP Foundation. Both winners will be invited by Hanabi Publishers to discuss their portfolio. The winner of the short story award will be published in AniWay. We are looking into additional prizes by sponsors.
e) The second prize winners and the new talent winners both receive a 100,- euro cash prize from the J-POP Foundation. We are looking into additional prizes by sponsors.
10) Prijzen:
a) Alle winnaars krijgen 2 gratis, vrij toe te kennen, vrijdag kaartjes voor AnimeCon om de tentoonstelling te komen bekijken en de prijsuitreiking tijdens de openingsceremonie.
b) Alle winnaars mogen naar een Wacom masterclass in een Wacom opleidingscentrum in Nederland. Reiskosten worden vergoed.
c) Alle winnaars krijgen een check van 50,- euro te besteden aan tekenmateriaal van Royal Talens, te besteden in elke kwaliteits kunstmaterialenwinkel.
d) De winnaars van de eerste prijs in beide wedstrijden ontvanger ieder een prijs van 200,- euro en een trofee van de Stichting J-POP. Beide winnaars uitgenodigd door Hanabi Publishers voor een gesprek over hun portfolio. De winnaar van de short story award wordt geplaatst in de AniWay. Mogelijk wordt dit aangevuld met prijzen van sponsoren.
e) De winnaars van de tweede prijs en de winnaars van de nieuw talent prijs ontvangen ieder 100,- euro van de Stichting J-POP. Mogelijk wordt dit aangevuld met prijzen van sponsoren.


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