Nishikaze is in 35 days! I thought I would share a contest from the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary.

On April 1st, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation launched the 10th International MANGA Award ( and they are currently accepting entries until June 17th, 2016. The contest was made to celebrate MANGA culture and to reward creators of MANGA comics who contribute to the spread of MANGA culture overseas. Winners are invited to Japan for a special ceremony and the chance to meet with Japanese MANGA creators.

The International MANGA Award was established in May 2007 upon the initiative of then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Taro Aso, with the aim of rewarding MANGA creators who contribute to the spread of MANGA culture overseas and international cultural exchanges through MANGA. The Award has been hosted every year since then.

Among entries, the gold Award will be given to the best work and the Silver Awards the three other excellent works. The awardees will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation to attend the award ceremony. During their stay in Japan (generally for 10 days), they will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Japanese MANGA creators, visit publishing companies and make an excursion to local sites.

Application Form

Application Guideline

Award Summary