New Talent Search!

All right…
Think we’ve given our faithful readers enough of a head start…
It’s time to unleash upon the public…

THE YEN PRESS NEW TALENT SEARCH!

***UPDATE: Our editor’s response to your comments has been added to the link above.

The talent search is now closed.
When the editorial staff has reviewed all of the many submissions, selected artists only will be contacted. We will make a post on the site once our selections have been made so you know to stop waiting for a response.
We will not confirm package receipts. Even if your package is delayed, as long as it was mailed by the deadline, you will not be penalized.
Thank you to everyone who entered! We are looking forward to reading the fruits of your labors!

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348 Comments

adr

Well, this has been quite the adventure to get a comic sent out.

One last question: How long should we wait until we can assume – if yenpress hasn’t gotten back to us – that nothing is coming out of our entry? I mean, if by February we haven’t been contacted, would that be a good time to move on and forget about January 3rd’s submission?

And, of course, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

Brandy W.

Yeah that was one hell of a trip making a comic with in the deadline!!

I have the same question as @adr.

When will we know if we made it or not?

Also how do we know our comic got to you safely?
I am sure some will get lost in the mail sadly.

Brandy W.

!!!

I am sooo excited I can’t stop thinking about it!!!

*jumping in happiness!!!*

KaiyouNoYume

Please also look out for “Sapphire Paradise”!

It was postmarked on January 3rd.

Good luck to everyone who entered!

Abby

@Brandy Unfortunately, we won’t be able to contact each and every submitter to notify them that their package has been received. Package tracking may be a little extra, but it does give you peace of mind!
Once we’ve reviewed the submissions, we will notify our selected creators and make an announcement on our site and in Yen Plus. We expect entries to trickle in over the next week or so, so you’ll have to be patient while our editorial staff takes a look at them all! If you have not been contacted by the time our announcement goes up, you have not been selected. Again, because there are so many of you interested in becoming comic creators, we won’t be able to provide feedback on submissions that are not selected. However, we encourage all of you to continue to hone your skills, seek criticism, and develop into an even better creator so that sometime down the line, you just might catch the eye of a Yen Press editor!

Malachi

1 dont mean to pry but does any1 kno when th3 next talent 5earch is cuz 1 f1nish3d my manga short story-plz r3ply h3re.

Abby

@Malachi Yen Press has not announced plans to conduct further talent searches like this one.

Brandy W.

@abby

Awe thank you so much!
If we do get contact, can we suggest our artist name? So that way when our entries are shown on Yen Plus it’s with our artist name?

Abby

@Brandy The selected creator will be contacted before the announcement, so pen names or any other questions can be discussed with the editor at that time!

Leisha

Sent! Whew…that was hectic. I hope its okay for it to be postmmarked by the 5th! *crosses fingers* I just worked way too hard! Hopefully, you get some good material so you can do this again!

Allen

1. Is it wise to send in a submission and then send the contest submission.

2. Is it wise to also send in a submission that was not in the contest, even thought contest submissions are being looked over

others words will you guys still look at submission for other stoires we have even though you are looking at contest submissions right now.

Allen

Also this has nothing to do with the contest but on the contact submission info for a plot can we just write out the first chapter of the story we want to propose to you?

Just a litle question…sorry!

Bryan Bradford

OK. I think I just had a heart attack. I looked at my package shipping on the FEDEX website, and my status for my package says that it’s in New York, but was sent to the wrong address so it wasn’t delivered. I had mailed it so that you would have to sign for the package when it came. Is that why it might have been declined? Or do you think Fedex just sucks? Also, I have the files ready on the computer if I can just send it by e-mai. I can very well send a page print out page print out of my fedex tracking to show that it was sent on the third. I’ve spent hours upon hours drawing and drawing, staying up late nights to finish this, so it would be great if that does happen, if I could send it in by email. Thank you very much, Abby.
(P.S I’ll reply tomorrow if the shipping goes through as planned or if it doesn’t)

Bryan Bradford

I called fedex customer service, and they had made a report that said that the building didn’t have a “yen PLus”. I made sure to confirm that the address was the correct one on the submission page, and it was the same :'( I’m so sad I could cry

Abby

@Bryan Don’t panic! If you can contact FedEx, clarify that Yen Press is part of Hachette Book Group. It has our floor number on it (13-114), so I suspect that this is a case of the carrier not being attentive. And I think you’re completely within your rights to point that out when you contact them!

Abby

@Allen We are always accepting submissions. However, when we receive general submissions, we expect those creators to be performing at a professional level, as a pitch for a series is a greater investment for both us and the creator. The talent search is an opportunity for young artists to put their work before an editor and start their published career.
I can’t tell you how to represent yourself, but if you submit once and are not accepted, and then we see something from you a month later, our position is probably not going to change.
If any of you are not selected, see it as an opportunity to look over your piece again and work to make it even better for the next time you have a chance to show your work to an editor.

Malachi

@abby
thx 4 the 1nfo, youve 8een 4 huge h3lp…if 4ny n3w 1ntel b3c0mez av4ilable plz post a r3ply 4 m3.(I will continue to watch and wait)thank you…

Bryan Bradford

Ok. I didn’t get any sleep last night, but I got the Fedex straightened out. A man named Martinez in the mailroom signed for it this morning 🙂 Thanks for your help, Abby

arrow

So ordinarily, you’re always looking out for artists/comics etc?
I take it this is an advantageous method for upcoming potential pro artists and usually, you would be more selective?
If that’s so, then I’m not going to be disheartened that I didn’t make the deadline and I’ll still contact yen press as I believe it’s worth the shot.

Malachi

@abby
thanks for the info, youve been a huge help… if any new intel becomes available please post a reply for me.thanks again.

Muffin

Keep an eye open for ‘Moonlit Live Love’ please! I sent it on the 3rd. Just hopping it gets there with in the week. >__</

sorrano

@Abby

Just putting this out there, but you said that you expected talent search submissions from the amatuers to be professional quality, too. Or was that just a “do your ultimate best” push?
I mean, though you did your best to help us understand, you did give a lot of information an amatuer whose never been published couldn’t possibly know. But I guess the one who truly wants this would have done the research on their own.

What I’m really trying to say is, are you looking for professionals, amatuers, or just untapped potential in need of nurturing?

Kang

this is the first time that i’ve known about this contest. where have i been all these days. feel like i’m gonna cry for letting an opportunity pass like this.. i suck.

im inventing a new sport for my manga. but it seem it’s tooo too late..

Abby

@sorrano We are looking for amateurs who are ready to become professional. And to be successful as a professional, an amateur artist’s work must already be at a consistent level of quality. While it’s true that the editor’s job is to help a creator polish their craft and teach them the lingo of the industry, it is not the editor’s job to teach him or her to draw from square one. In the past, we have received many submissions from young artists who are simply not ready. We stress “professional level” because we wanted those of you who submitted art to be as critical of and realistic about your own work as possible. So yes, we are looking for amateurs, and we are definitely eager to help young artists with potential to reach even higher heights of greatness.

Malachi

So i dont have to be a professional but i must still demonstrate a general understanding of our capabilities
as successful/unsuccessful manga or anime artists.

Abby

@Malachi You don’t have to be professional, but you must demonstrate a sound understanding of basic art principles and execute them at a level that warrants publication.

Rufino Marx

@abby

Lulz most of us are screwed then jk @_@;

Anyways, look out for “At My Job” it’s bland and completly devoid of story, although full of moe. – -‘ that’s what happens when I only hear about this 2 weeks before the deadline~

Joy

what if your artwork isn’t really good and the story is done, but the story catches someones eye. does that count as professional work?

Cherriuki

Hello again~ Ahh i have mine postmarked by the 1st of Jan., but shipping from where i am at the moment might take around 20 days…OTL so as long as its postmarked on/before the 3rd, it won’t matter much if the submission gets there a little later? thank you ;u;

Malachi

hey abby
(please excuse me barging in)
but if you dont mind me asking, about how many readers subscribe to yen press annually?

Sorrano

@abby, well I guess that makes sense. Whatever you’re looking for, I do hope you find it.

Bryan Bradford

Sooo… I was wondering. If we changed the ending of our story that was already sent in, and somehow lengthened it with out going over too much, could we send it to you if we got picked for the talent search? I liked drawing Cogs Unlimited, but we did the last 10 pages on New years day! Also, has anyone been contacted yet? Or are the editors waiting to have ALL of the entries before deciding?

ed

@Bryan Bradford
this is just me 😛 but i think if you win, and they decied to run a series with you, you can do whatever you want to the story they might even give you a few pointers it happens ALOT with manga like NARUTO was oringally in more of city and had a motorcycle :/
and i think there prolly reading them over I would say untill its announced on there site no ones won yet hopfully Yen arnt the kinda people to jusy say “we just picked this! so and so is to late”
sorry if you would rather i didnt do this abby! D:

Rufino Marx

oi! I was talking to my post office today and they said there’s a MAJOR backup with mail entering the USA and that the mail from November is barely being deliviered in January
;_; thus meaning that if sent my submission on January 3rd it would prolly get deliviered sometyme in march, what should I do about this? Will have you guys made the annoucement before my submission arrives?

NatRoze

When is the latest date we should expect to be able to hear from you guys about whether or not our submission has been accepted? Just out of curiosity.

Brandy W.

I ask some similar question and this is what Abby said:

“@Brandy The selected creator will be contacted before the announcement, so pen names or any other questions can be discussed with the editor at that time!”

&

“@Brandy Unfortunately, we won’t be able to contact each and every submitter to notify them that their package has been received. Package tracking may be a little extra, but it does give you peace of mind!
Once we’ve reviewed the submissions, we will notify our selected creators and make an announcement on our site and in Yen Plus. We expect entries to trickle in over the next week or so, so you’ll have to be patient while our editorial staff takes a look at them all! If you have not been contacted by the time our announcement goes up, you have not been selected. Again, because there are so many of you interested in becoming comic creators, we won’t be able to provide feedback on submissions that are not selected. However, we encourage all of you to continue to hone your skills, seek criticism, and develop into an even better creator so that sometime down the line, you just might catch the eye of a Yen Press editor!”

Brandy W.

But I do have a similar question as NatRoze. When is the latest date we should expect to be able to hear from YenPress about our submission?

Also I am soooo curious about all the submissions being submitted. I wish I can see what others did but I know that is just a wishful thinking. Only the editors at Yen Press can see them. XDD

Misakite

I’m also kinda worried about whether my submission actually managed to reach you guys or not…
I really should have paid for tracking, but I barely brought enough money to send it out on Jan 3rd, and the post office was about to close.

If it isn’t too much trouble, could you make a post with the names of the submissions that already made it in, and edit as more come in?
Really, if its too troublesome then it’s alright. I come by to check the site daily anyway, but apart from knowing whether my submission has reached, I’m pretty curious about how many others joined the competition as well.

Abby

The talent search is now closed.
As of this date, our selected artists have NOT been contacted.
When the editorial staff has reviewed all of the many submissions, selected artists only will be contacted. We will make a post on the site once our selections have been made so you know to stop waiting for a response.
We will not confirm package receipts. Even if your package is delayed, as long as it was mailed by the deadline, you will not be penalized.
Thank you to everyone who entered! We are looking forward to reading the fruits of your labors!

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