Cash Prizes and an Opportunity for Your Story to be Comicalized in Japan?!
What You Need to Know:
- MyAnimeList has announced that it will hold an English web novel writing contest titled “I Was Browsing MAL as Usual Then I Realized My Web Novel Could Become Manga” or simply “MAL x Honeyfeed Writing Contest (2021).” A total prize pool of US$10,000 will be up for grabs. The contest will start on July 6, 2021, and the winning entry will be announced in December 2021.
- The contest will be held in collaboration with Honeyfeed, an English web novel community operated by qdopp, Inc. who also operates Honey's Anime. It will also be unusual in that instead of submitting a completed work, contestants are encouraged to post one chapter at a time during the entry period and interact with readers in the comments section of Honeyfeed. Once the entry period is over, the winners will be determined in a tournament format by user voting. Winning entries will also be reviewed by Kodansha Ltd. for possible publication and/or comicalization.
- This contest was inspired by the voices of international anime fans on MyAnimeList. Many anime fans feel that only Japanese-authored works have a realistic chance of becoming anime, while foreign-authored works stand little to no chance. This contest was created as a stepping stone to fulfilling that dream of someday having one’s ideas made into an anime in Japan.
- This contest will also contribute to spreading Japan’s anime culture even further and deeper than ever before. We believe there is a need to create an ecosystem where overseas anime fans can not only watch finished products but also contribute to the anime creation process.
- MyAnimeList’s mission is to create a place where anime and manga fans from all over the world can gather every day, and we are constantly developing our services to meet the needs of overseas users who love Japanese anime and manga. We are not content with the status quo and will continue pushing the envelope to expand our user base.
Contest Schedule (may be subject to change)
Entry Period: July 5 to September 5, 2021
Public Voting (Semi-finals): October 3 to November 6, 2021
Public Voting (Finals): November 14 to November 30, 2021
Winner Announced: December 12, 2021
Campaign Page: https://mhwc.myanimelist.net/
Writing Platform: Honeyfeed
Voting Platform: MyAnimeList
Source: Official Press Release