We’ve given our loyal YEN PLUS subscribers a bit of a head start, and we are now ready to open the NEW TALENT SEARCH to everyone!


Please make sure you’ve read everything carefully!
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Due to the increased length of time is it possible to send in more than one piece of work. So my question is can one person send in 2 or more submissions for this contest?

And thanks for the details, Yen Press. I believe the increased time frame will help bring in new talent and give people the time to create work that they are even more satisfied with than maybe last talent search.


@JAVM I’m pretty sure you can send in more than one piece of work, but my suggestion is (and theirs probably too) is to just work twice as hard on one submission. G’luck


I like the increase of the dealine( sort of ) maybe they could have put the dealine around the 15th of feburary and then announced them on the 15th or 30th of March. THats just me…

I accepted this Yen Press and i will work my very best!


i am so excited for this, but i am so confuse on the page size ratio 1:1.5? it ask just like all their other books, but all of their series was published are all different sizes. can anyone help to determine the right size of the page art? there aren’t any diagrams like the last ones.


I literally died when I saw this!!!! Hahaha mostly because I was thankful that there was a large amount of time to finish…


@Syku is right, @JAVM, we highly recommend you focus your attention on polishing a single piece of work. Quality over quantity!


A standard Yen Press book? So I can just trace around one of my Ugly Duckling volumes and go with that, right?

No, I’m gonna trace Nightschool instead and hope Chmakova’s talent rubs off on me!



Here this is what i did. (Sadley) i tore a piece of the page from the magazine. (thankfully it was something i didn’t like ) Traced it the size and i just assume thats what they meant.

And thats what i’m going with.


@Allen @Sorrano Oh dear, I think you’re making this hard on yourselves! Your pages just need to be proportional to a standard manga. That is, taller than they are wide. The page sizing does not have to be exact, just rectangular.
If you’re really concerned about the proportion, take the height of your drawing space and divide it by the width of your drawing space. If it comes out to approximately 1.5 (doesn’t have to be exact), you’re good to go.


finally… been waiting forever for these details!

i’m glad there are no specific, difficult-to-follow page size guidelines, and happy there is more time. creating a 32-page story is a lot of time.

but i think it’s stupid that it HAS to be left-to-right when so many of us are already used to both reading and creating manga in right- to-left form. it greatly annoys me that i have to do it in a form opposite of what i want to do, when creating manga takes so much time and effort. and also, i don’t like the rule about not posting it on the internet until april 30th, because only the selected people will be contacted, so there is no guarantee we will be contacted, so whoever isn’t contacted will wait all that time for nothing.

that said…

i’ll probably enter despite the things i don’t like *shot*


@Abby thanks for the page clarifications, that has hostly been the most concerning aspect of this! Thank you very much for making it that much less stressful!! ^.^;


just a simple question, does the 32 include cover or is the cover counted separate, like 32+cover?

and color, no color or mix color?

thats it, thanks!


@abbey – so essentially we could just draw on an A4 piece of paper? (as that is rectangular)

Also thank you for giving us this opportunity again! I can’t wait to finish and send in my one-shot to you guys.


@Arrow Yup! If your drawing space is approximately the shape of a manga page, should be fine!


@cetriya As is says in the guidelines, the 32 pages includes the title page. 32 is all you get.

As for whether or not you may use color, use your best judgment. Your objective is to present your best work, and if you do your best work in color, that is fine.


Now THAT makes sense! I’m gonna write that down RIGHT now. Thanks. 😉


One last question, should the pages be trimmed? For example, if I create a work that is 6×9 page size and print it out on 8.5×11 paper, should I trim it or send it to you with the bleed showing? Do you have a preference? Does it matter?

And thank you!


I only have two questions.

1) Does Yen Press have a preference as to how we package our submissions? ie) Stapled together, duo-tang, loose stack, etc?

2) Also, should we print double-sided? Or should that be avoided?


im just curious im using B4 manga paper, its total page isze ratio 1.415, however that is for the page size as i delve deeper in to the trim live area and outer margin the overall ratio shrinks, or does only the page size ratio matter.
one other problem, even if i use b4 paper, not all the page is used, actually the every thing up to the trim size is infact A4 size i can crop the image in A4 sive after scanning it, but when printed on regular printer paper, 8.5/ 11 what happens, imean i also did the ratio for that and that only equals 1.3 how does this work


@shutupadrian Use your best judgment. You are presenting your best work to us, so only you can decide how to best represent yourself.


Is it like last year when there was no age limit as long as the work is good enough?
I think my work could be considered even though I’m young. Thanks!


i am extremely excited!!
though i am also incredibly surprised you gave us so much time… 3 months… it is really much… well, for me, since i have a plot inside my head since previous talent search.

my question: you wrote: “Please do not recycle a short story you have already completed. We would like to see the work you are able to complete within the time frame allotted.” as i said, i have a plot already in my head, i even tried to work on it but some time ago i saw that plot wasn’t done well and ending is wrong, so i try to recycle it. i didnt make drawings, only tried to make sketches for pages( ended up with 10 or so). can i work on this plot to make it into oneshot or this is goes exactly against the words you wrote before?

one more little question: if you want to publish someone’s work first time and they want to have a pseudonym but don’t know which to choose – do you suggest them the nickname\help to choose?

about contacting every participant about their packages – i have an idea: maybe they should send an email to you after sending their oneshots and you will check the emails from packages and later send one answer to all whose packages you got? just an idea :)because it is really sad to wonder why you didnt get answer – because you weren’t good enough or your package didn’t get there where you were sending it.

thank you 🙂


no age limit?! yay!!

btw i have some questions:

1. when is the deadline? (can’t find it in the article)

2. should it be colored? or black and white?


oh, an additional question… does it have to be back-to-back? (i.e. page 1 is on the front, while page 2 is behind it xD)


Can I send Character file/about the characters pages?(With the 32-page short story)
I think the more art the better, good luck everyone!


Thank you!I am very excited! 🙂 I was confused about the proportions, and how they were 1: 1.5.I’m not sure what you mean about that.Is it suppose to be the paper size or the the panel size. Plus, If I use B4 paper can I send the copy as an 8.5×11 paper? Also, does it have to be one chapter of the story or just one whole story as 32 pages? I’m sorry I am so confused and how i’m asking so many questions but, Please answer them. 🙂


I don’t think they care if the idea is new or not, what they want to know is that this comic was drawn in the allotted time period; that you are able to produce good work within a deadline.

1. “Talent Search submissions will be accepted by mail only and must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2012.” That means the date that the mail stamps it with when it’s processed can be no later than the 31st.
2. Abby mentions earlier in these comments that the work should be in whatever you feel is your best work. Either is alright.
3. I’m not a rep here or anything, but I do know that no company ever wants submissions printed on both sides, whether they’re comics or not. It makes it harder on both ends of the chain to produce and read and sort.


@Dana Your final page of art, regardless of what size paper it is printed on, should be a rectangle that is roughly shaped like a standard volume of manga. That is, about one and a half times as tall as it is wide.
For your story, we have specified that it should be self-contained, a standalone story, not the first chapter of a larger work.


@Monty Thanks for helping out your fellow commentors!

@kawaiiangel Yes, if working off of specific dimensions works better for you, those would be fine.

@hackedwolfin Character sheets are kind of unnecessary for a self-contained short story…but we won’t penalize you for including them. However, keep in mind that the pages of your story should give us enough insights into your characters without needing detailed character sheets.


so a self contained story is a standalone story starts and ends, but has enough of a potenital to be something of a serlization, like the one shots-of bleach and death note,

or does this story have to end like right then and there a begining middle and end, like a vengance stroy, of a mario save the princess scenario.


so to clerify everything that i read, as long as the pages have a 1.5 ratio to them, your work is proffessional looking, it is turned into the post office on time and it is a stand alone story where the comic/manga you create has a begining, middle and “permanent” end, and will never be continued. then it doesnt matter what kind of story it is with of course the exception of it has to be your own orignal characters and story plot even if it uses cliche story types like a vegnance stroy, or mario scenario, save the princess story.
as long as it fits these requirements and is proffesionally done, then there is no problem with the story, and we will have a good chance of being contacted.


@ivory, I think you’re making this much too difficult than it should be. Think of the story like this, when you are asked to write a short story, what would you write? The point is that it’s self-contained, it doesn’t need extra chapters to explain what’s going on. It doesn’t need to have a ‘permanent’ end if you don’t want it to, you can end it on a mystery, keep the reader wanting more, only they don’t get more.

It doesn’t matter whatever kind of story it is, Yen Press publishes a large range of genres. You will be contacted if your work catches their editor’s eye.

Autumn Smith

Oh, I never found out If I got a response to this comment which i posted earlier on a different thread but, will Yen Press be publishing “Yotsuba and monochrome animals”? I saw it at a japanese bookstore (and really should have bought it) because I have been wanting ever since. Glad to see an extended deadline for the New Talent Search! Hopefully I will finish by then!


Everyone good luck. Lets all push our selfs to our limits and beyond.


Im out here to proove something. Because i love manga. its my life. its more then an art, its a way of life -manga!- im not ganna lose easly. haha but i hope theres some good competition.


Alright! I screwed up last year cos’ I found out late but I’m gonna work to the max this time around!

Regarding the ‘not being allowed to put it up anywhere until the date’ can we put up like, maybe just the cover page and the first/second pages? Some of the peeps did last year.

I think that it’d be cool if we cool show our friends, family (and fans, if we have any) what we’re working on.


Hey everyone. I want to wish everyone Good Luck on your submissions. I am very excited about the talent search and I can’t wait to show Yen Press my work. I was really late last year but I going to make sure I am on time. Lets all do our best and I wish everyone the best! XD


I know the pages will be single printed, but my question is about how the pages are viewed. I have read many times that editors read pages by placing two next to each other to make sure the panels don’t accidently run into each other.

Since the submission is read left to right, will the page spread be the first/title page as read by itself, then page 2 and 3 read placed together, then 4 and 5, then 6 and 7 and so on? Or will they all be read as singles? I need to know this so I can plan a spread if I decide it is useful for my work.(And I think it would be good for others to know.)
Thank you!


Can this be printed like a book and bound? I had a thought that it would be really cool to show my work as I would intend for it to look as a finished product and have a DIY printer make it for me, and then send it to you guys, but I didn’t want to do that if it was going to disqualify me/make you mad. :B

Alternatively, I could also include a copy that was not bound, and/or a copy on disk.

I am under the impression that in the end you won’t mind either way. But eh, just in case. Thanks again!


pigsareawesome, i join to your question,it would be really useful for all of us.

people, how about to join a little community for those who wish or going or were participating in yen press talent search? for sharing useful information and experience. check it here(you must be a member of deviantart to join):


Well. While I’m happy that you guys are holding this contest again, and so soon with such a time frame I’m quite disappointed about it. I wasn’t able to enter the first one and I won’t be able to enter this one either because I’m working on my animation thesis. And it sucks that I’ll have to be done a week before the contests deadline x D A week won’t be enough time for me due to preparing for graduation X D !! Ah, my luck!

I have a couple of questions, when you say short story, does the story have to have an actual ending, or can it be open ending/end of chapter kind of story. As in.. A to be continued, sort of story…??

And my last question, not really relating to the contest but here it goes… The guidelines mention at the end, how published professionals may submit their portfolios for consideration according to the guidelines on the Contact tab… Does this also apply for unpublished artists? Or is Yenpress only looking for the work of published artists (outside of contests)?

Thank you very much!


so,if i want to keep my original work. I should print my manga

page on one side of piece a paper.(just the front…back page blank)

my printing paper size is 8.5″x11″, but my guide line is 7″x10″. does that sound right?


@ScrumYummy We’d like it to be printed one way or another (not a digital copy), but whether you send it out to make a bound book, use a three-ring binder, or just paperclip it together, we don’t really mind. We make our decision based on your work itself, so the presentation is up to you!

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