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!

348 Comments

Fullmetalomi

Should submissions be a oneshot/self-contained work or can it be a first installment to a longer work?
Thanks! 😀

Jen

We can’t send pages in on 8.5 x 11 standard printing paper? Where would we get the other size paper? And is Yen Plus only online now and no longer printed and sold in stores?

Nanda

Define “never been published”. Self-publishing, either in our own books or friends’ anthologies, doesn’t count, right?

Kachimi

Is it just for americans or are residents of other countries elegible to participate?

Mi

it has to be /only/ 32 pages? D= Since it hasn’t been mentioned, we can work with others?

Haruhi-chan

Figures that Yen Press would give their NON SUBSCRIBERS only two months to work on their submissions. But what the hell, I’m not planning on entering.
Good luck to those (subscribers and non subscribers alike!) who plan on entering~

star

just to be extra clear, does the 32 page count need to include the title art, or is the title art page 33?
is there a range, or does it absolutely have to be 32 pages?
thanks

Emi

Are we allowed to submit normally for a series? (Not that I plan on doing so ANY TIME SOON.)

star

@haruhi,
I think its been going on for 2 months? (got a free code) so technically 4 months is still not much and we all know that most people wait till the last min to do things anyway.

Clara

@Haruhi-chan: welcome to the real world where there are such things as deadlines.

adr

“As long as these proportions are maintained, you may size your pages as you wish.”
Does this mean final output doesn’t need to be “7 inches wide by 10-3/8 inches tall”? I’m a bit confused as that sentence about sizing pages seems to contradict the one about it having to be a certain size. Please clarify.
Also, do creators maintain rights to their work after submitting?

Reikan

Hello, I’d love to know if the limit has ‘absolutely’ to be of 32 pages, or can we do less than 32 pages ?
Also, I am from France, and I’d like to know if this contest is open only in US or internationally.
Many thanks for the reply.

john b

Can your work have been on line as a web comic? Could it have been self published? I have a 30 page story that’s on line and has been printed by myself using photocopy. There’s no way I can finish 32 pages to my standard in only 2 months. When I work full time, and new baby + Christmas is coming up just before the deadline. I’d say the format and deadline isn’t good. The Morning Weekly international contest in Japan gives you a whole year, and the deadline is around the same time + $9,000 in cash prizes for the top 3. I hope Yen Press does this contest again, with more details and a longer time period.

Diana_hnd

Hello there! About the page limit… is that your way of saying that 32 pages is the maximum? Or -must- the story be exactly 32 pages long? Is there a minimum page limit?

ScrumYummy

1. Does it have to be there by Jan. 3rd, or can it be post-marked by Jan. 3rd?
2. Does it have to be _exactly_ 32 pages? Can it be less?
3. How is it going to fall in the spread? Do stories need to start on the left page, or on the right? I assume that stories also need to be told left-to-right…?

adr

Will my submission be disqualified if I post some of it’s pages online (to a personal website) before the contest is over?

Suzuno

Does the art have to be digital art? Are we allowed to make our story in pencil?

ScrumYummy

One more question, sorry. XD Is there a restriction on genre? Do you only want stories that appeal to a general audience, or are any genres okay as long as they are PG? (Mostly asking if boys love is okay)

Moophles

Firstly, do you have to be the one that writes it? Can it be digital or does it have to be by hand?
If you have a webcomic online does that count as being published?
Neither myself or my writer have been published.

Cos Ryan

Hello; not to sound like I’m repeating others here, but;
1) Can I use standard sized paper, as long as the live area is within your parameters?
2) Does this have to be in a manga style format, or can it be more Western based (l-r, for example).

Robert

I’m from Canada — can I still participate? Sink or swim, this would be a great motivational boost to test to see how the skills I’ve been developing are coming along.

Abby

Okay! Abby will now attempt to tackle this long list of questions!
@Matt @Emi Yen is always accepting submissions for longer series. Our submissions guidelines are under the “CONTACT” tab. But submitting a short story is a good way to get your foot in the door!
@Fullmetalomi This should be a self-contained story. If you have a series in mind, I would recommend you generate a short story that takes place in the same world/includes the same characters.
@Jen If you’re printing from your computer, you can easily scale the art to fit a letter-size page. If photocopying, you should also be able to percentage-scale it down. Otherwise, it should fit on legal-size paper.
@adr The professional artists working for Yen Press submit their art digitally, so they create their pages digitally to these specifications. We’re giving you the same guidelines we give them!
As far as rights go, selected creators will be contacted about contract terms.
@Nanda Self-published is okay!
@john b Web comic is okay!
But if you do fall into the “published” category, we are still accepting submissions for series and short stories.
@Kachimi We do accept submissions from other countries. **UPDATE** Sorry, we will not be accepting email submissions.
@Mi Yep, 32 pages is all you get, and that includes the title page. Even the pros get page restrictions. That’s part of the challenge!
And you may certainly work with others! As long as none of you are pros!
@Haruhi-chan Ah, well, the selected works will appear in Yen Plus after all… Seemed only fair… ^_^;;
And just so y’all know…The pro artists have to generate a full chapter, usually more than 32 pages, every month!
@ScrumYummy Postmarked by the third is fine!
Your first page should be a right-hand page (not a spread) as it is when you open a book. **CORRECTED (Sorry, guys, Abby is directionally challenged.)
Please submit your work in left-to-right orientation.
As far as age restriction goes, the magazine as a whole is rated Older Teen. As long as it’s not super-grotesquely violent or over-the-top sexual, anything goes, really…
@Suzuno Most artists supply their art digitally, but that doesn’t mean they create their art digitally or that you have to use a computer at all.
However, please do not use pencil. Your art must be finished, inked art.
And…Abby thinks she addressed everything…
Keep the questions coming!

Umeko

I’d like to second (third? fourth??) the question about the minimum page count, which you haven’t answered. Is there an acceptable page range, or are we ABSOLUTELY required to tell the story in EXACTLY 31-pages-plus-title-page?

Wes94

Two things.
1. Is there a age requirement?
2. Are you going to do this again?

Halo

Okay, after those questions have been answered, I feel more like I might submit (if not for this search, then some other time… Maybe for my longer series)…
However, that “left-to-right because it flows better with English”… Is that absolute?
Because I kinda taught myself to write manga with a flow of right-to-left, and merely flipping it is out of the question when my art is hardly up to scratch as it is… I can teach myself, but I just need to make sure to avoid too much trouble on my part.
And on the note of ‘the Japanese way’, should sound effects be in English, Japanese, native language or does it not matter as long as you have the English translation next to them?
Thanks in advance.

Umeko

I’d also like to know if drawing the manga right-to-left is still an option (though I’m aware that left-to-right is preferred). It just feels more natural for me to draw in that format, and use Japanese sound effects and such – and drawing my submission as such would be more convenient for my plans for it in the (admittedly likely XD) event that mine isn’t chosen.
If left-to-right is REQUIRED, though, I will gladly adjust accordingly.

C. Ellis

Woah, good job Abby. 🙂 I’ve got one more question for you if it’s okay, though. I don’t qualify for the contest/talent search, but if I wanted to submit to you for series or short story, should we be following the same page dimensions listed?
Thank you so much. Good luck with everything. 🙂

Melanie

Just a couple more questions that I don’t think were covered:
Re: copyright ownership – Abby says that “selected creators will be contacted about contract terms.” But what if you don’t get selected? Do you just automatically maintain full copyright ownership? (I’d assume so, but I’ve seen contests where this was not the case.)
On the title page, the guidelines state that space should be left for a title logo and author credit. Does this mean we should not put on a title logo ourselves?

Robert

Sweet deal, I’m entering! A more appropriate question: YEN plus is online now, right? (I admit, I’m not a subscriber. I bought the printed volumes once in a while before the online switch news announcement) Is that why there is no Trim Margin on the provided example specs-sheet? Actually, now I’m confused, why ask for a live area at all in this case if there’s no fear of inaccurate printing? Is it an aesthetic choice? Is Yen Press thinking they might print the online content at a later, more economically-friendly time, in which case a trim margin will be deducted from the current specs? Do I have any idea what I’m talking about?
I am SO SORRY if I have no idea what I’m talking about. XD;;

Melanie

Oh, and one more quick format question I forgot: are double-page spreads allowed?

Pumpkin

Hello! :3
I have already sent in a submission package about a month ago here, but I was wondering if I could submit the same story I sent in, only a short story, like you, Yen Press, said.
Also, can the short story be the first chapter of a planned manga?
Thank you in advance,
Pumpkin

Melanie

Oh! and….. one last question, I promise!
What if you have been published before but not as a comic artist (like for single illustrations and such)?

Allison

Good luck to everyone entering!! I think its great that Yen Press is letting unknown artist finally get a chance to get a real taste of the manga/graphic novel world!
Once again, good luck! I can’t wait to see the results!!

star

just to be clear, I get 32 is the page MAX, but do we have a minimum?
when you say first page on left hand, do you mean our 1st page will be posted on the left facing the 2nd page?
need to know this if I decided to do a page spread like thing.

adr

“@adr The professional artists working for Yen Press submit their art digitally, so they create their pages in Photoshop to these specifications. We’re giving you the same guidelines we give them!”
Apologies for being a bit thick-headed about this, but I want to be absolutely clear with no allowance for misinterpretation…
Is “7 inches wide by 10-3/8 inches tall” (7×10.375; live area = 4.75×10.375) the final printed output? Or is that just meant to be the working digital file? With that in mind, when we’re working in black and white (no grayscale) is 300 ppi sufficient or should we be going with 600 ppi? I’ve read different things for toning, and I’d like to know Yen Press’s standards.
With regards to creator rights, can we surmise then that Yen Press will NOT claim ownership of ALL submissions. Only ‘select creators’ will be contacted, thereupon contract terms will be negotiated. All stories, characters, etc. remain the property of the creators until that contract is signed.
Do I have that right?

Hana

I’ve got question about manga ‘Omamori Himari’. Are you going to issue volume 0? It’s a bonus volume which was added to volume 5.
And please, please, please, licence Kodomo no Jikan!!!

laurbits

Sweet! Just wanted to clarify because I see a discrepancy between the numbers on the article – “The live area of each page is 4-3/4 inches by 8-1/8 inches” and the numbers on the graphic provided. (it says 4-5/8″ by 8-1/8″) Which is the right number?

laurbits

Sorry, one more question!
I noticed that’s a pretty large space between the page size and live area & doesn’t quite look like the graphic provided so I just want to make sure.
Graphic – http://yenpress.hbgusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Amateur_dimension.jpg
Measurements I plugged in Illustrator- http://bit.ly/d53qNM
Does this look right? If I want certain panels to bleed then I should draw all the way to the page edge right?
Thanks so much in advance! Appreciate your taking the time to answer all these questions.

Megan

Do we need to make the title logo and include it on the cover art? Or just create a page of art and add nothing else to it?

Robert

More questions? Why yes! Thank you!
For those artists using digital fonts, what fonts does Yen Press prefer? Are there any restrictions we may need to be aware of in this? I recall a host of free fonts not being free when working for “large companies” or some such, such as the arguably overused “Anime Ace 2” and it’s predecessor version.
I am probably going to BUY some fonts for this, but I thought I should bring this up.
It’d suck if Yen Press couldn’t use a comic simply because the comic utilized illegal fonts, right?

Nessa

I’m entering, I just hope I can get ahold of a reliable computer for mom’s! This Dinosaur I’m on right now would have an aneurysm if I tried downloading Photoshop on it.
Totally amped for this. <3

Zilla

Though I understand the complaints of those who are upset over the time constraints on NON-subscribers you should think about it like this:
IF you get the job most manga-ka must complete those pages within ONE month. Surely you jest if you think that this is really too little time to work. Just try your best and work hard! If you truly have you heart in this it should be no problem.
My question is: “Do you know a brand of paper that sells in this size? Or shall I have to resort to cutting my own?”

Hiro

please do not use pencil. Your art must be finished, inked art…soooo is it alright to use inkpens ? or the some other type of pens mangaka’s use?

Jesus

So awesome!! Just saw this by chance and I’m gonna start right away. The story has to stand by itself right? No cliffhanger or anything like that?

Ellianna

May we use pen names?
Also, can two people work on one piece, as seen in Hero Tales or Legend, where one person is on story and another person is on art?

Paulina

this is a question about the “winners”:
are you guys going to contact one “winner” or multiple “winners”?

That Robert Guy Who Asks Too Many Dumb Questions

Is the winner published in the January volume of PLUS, or February? I want to make sure I subscribe for that one seeing as it’d be beneficial to see who beat me. Heh.
ASSUMING SOMEONE CAN. *Throws down the gauntlet*
Actually, now I’m confused again! I’m only thinking this way because they run one-shots in some Japanese ‘zines to see how the crowd reacts, but that’s not necessarily what Yen Press’s, “you may receive a contract for Yen PLUS” means, yeah? I guess I’m asking if this one-shot is for YEN PRESS’s eyes only and thus a contract following would be for a new series? You’ll at least announce who “won” right? For the benefit of those of us who “lose”? Heh…
Win or lose, I’m just really interested in comics, in my potential peers, and in my definite rivals.

Joseph.G

ermm what do you mean do not use pencils Your art must be finished inked art. im veryyy much confused on this

Allen

UM… if we just send in a submission and
you like will you accepted us to be in this contest
that is if it gets accepted…

Allen

And somebody please tell me what we have to do
I here 32 pages of art which isn’t hard for me to do sooo
please are there any other requirements!!!

Allen

Will you guys still accept submissions not for the contest but for the submission pactact in the contact

Jesus

Do we send in anything else? Like character profiles or things like that?

Danny

Is it all right to have a short “cold open” before the title page for the story?

Jackson

1. how old do participants have to be to enter?
2. do the pages have to read left to right, or can they read right to left?
3. if the fist chapter of a series could be considered a short story and fit the 32 page limit, could the series be continued later and eventually be made into a manga series?
4. could the short story be related to a possible future work?

Robert Asks about Curse Word Usage

So yeah, this is totally my 4th unanswered question — and I’m not saying it’s Yen’s problem, rather I’m fretting ~I’M~ a problem XD… Your patience and care with this, I think I can safely say, is very appreciated by all of the unpublished community here 🙂 I’m sure you guys are going to get a ton of really great submissions for the NTS because of your dedication to this kind of thing. Some of us are just really anally retentive, haha.
Rated, “Older Teen” in terms of visual content only, right? I’m guessing the types of curse words we can utilize cannot be as powerful as some of the visuals we might include. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen the F-Bomb dropped in any of Yen Press’s products. I don’t think I’ve seen the “s” POOP word either. A lot of teenagers will probably be trying out for this, AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT A TEEN’S VOCABULARY, dohohoho!
I want to use the “S” word that rhymes with, “rut” near the climax of my short-story (emotional weight = emotional word justification, right?) I just don’t know if it would work with Plus though — assuming the one-shot itself is actually published.

Bradely R.

Can we do over the page limit? like maybe 20 pages over? or no?

KaiyouNoYume

Question, is 32 pages MAX? Or is that the required page count that every entry MUST be at?
Example:
All entries = pages vary between 20 – 32 pages
or
Example:
All entries = 32 pages
Thank you for your time. 🙂

Arrow

I’m just going to read out what I can determine from what is said until people’s questions are answered officially…
The page count is specified at 32 meaning it should be exactly 32 pages. If this were to be in the magazine, they would know how many pages they have free to use. If it were to be between a set amount like a minimum of 20 – maximum 32, they would have specified that. 32 pages in just short of two months is challenging but pros have this tight deadline all the time. So think of it as a test.
It was also mentioned that colour is not necessary but a standard sized title page is which is contained within the 32 pages so technically you have 31 pages for the comic.
You shouldn’t send in your penciled versions as it was said, they have to be inked (not necessarily digitally) and toned if you want with dialogue, speech bubbles etc (done digitally) in other words – you submit your pages fully polished.
And I’m not sure if there are winners but I get the impression that if they see something they like, they will contact the creator. If you don’t win, at least you have completed a 32 page one-shot within two months which you could always improve and forward to YenPress at a later date as a project. So always look on the brightside of things.
Anyway, I’m not speaking on behalf of them, just speaking out loud with initiative. So if I said anything incorrect, they’ll be sure to correct me.

Tabby

Hello! A few years ago I made a short webcomic for a publisher in US, but it was never released out of their site. Can I still participate?

Sorrano

One tip is to take a standard 8.5×11 paper and turn it sideways. You get the exact height of the page without having to waste time measuring it or worrying that you measured it wrong, aaaaaaaaaaand, you save paper, because now you can draw two pages on one paper (go green, people!). It’s cheaper, too, but unfortunatley, this will only work if you draw by hand, have access to a scanner, and can edit your pages in a program like Photoshop so they’re all singular pages.
By the way, I second the penname motion (always wanted one).
And, really, people, two months is NOTHING, why are you complaining? Personally, I’m just happy they finally posted the details. And if you want to get technical, they’ve been putting this talent search out there for about two years now, so if you were REALLY serious, you would’ve had something in the works already, or at least started practicing.
If you REALLY wanted to draw comics, you’d find time to get in a submission, one way or another, and make the most of your situation.

Sorrano

oops, sorry, turning the page sideways gives you a little more than the EXACT required height, but you get the idea.

Allison

I also have a question to add to the pile of growing questions, Yen Press! XD
Will this be your only talent search? Or will there be more in the future? If so, do you know how long exactly?
I really wish I could enter this year, but it isn’t a good time :<
Thank you~ :3

Tamayo

I’m sure these questions have been asked already, but I haven’t really recieved proper answers. First, are collaborations allowed? Secondly, do the artists maintain their rights to their work after submitting it? Third, are pennames allowed? Also, would the pages be drawn left to right or right to left? And last, are you looking for a draft, or a fully inked/digital work? I’ll try my best either way, but I would appreciate it if these questions could be answered. Thank you so much, I can’t wait for the contest!

Rory

I need a little clarification here (I’m a complete amateur).
It says the live area should be 1-1/8″ from the edge of the page sized 7″ x 10-3/8″. That means the live area should come out to 5-7/8″ x 9-1/4″. Or at least those proportions on different-sized paper.
The sizes given are rather different so could somebody tell me what I’m doing wrong?

Shon

Can those under the age of 18 submit an entry? I would like to try this out. Just wanting to know if there are age restrictions.
Oh yes, question #2: Since the work is digitally printed out, are we allowed to ink in the computer or by hand for less mistakes when printing out everything (size wise)
#3: Are we allowed to go to the Yen Press location in NY (since we have to mail it there) and submit our work there if we live around that area?

blglglg

i have a few, and if possible could you please reply to my email. c:
Could we submit digitally? i mean not everyone makes comics traditionally and if so how? by email? will there be a link to click on the site to send?
I have a comic that will be completed by December(i’ll reformat the pages to fit, but how big is the page restriction by pixel length? is it exact to scale in your example picture? i wanna resize correctly
Thank you c:

Redprincess

Um, I wish more of this information was put on the magazine because I started as soon as I saw it, which stated 32 pages. I have drawn 32 pages, japanese style (right to left) and the next issue added to include a title page, so I drew a separate one. [In fact I’ve been working nonstop on this that I’m only 5 pages away from being finished (inked)]
Does this mean that I now need to redraw the whole story to fit american style and to edit out a page? Being this isn’t an actual contest but a search for what we can do, could this still apply? I really hate the idea of all this work for nothing. :<

ChaCrystal

When you say “digital” does that mean that the artwork has to be done on the computer or can you hand draw the content? I, for one, am computer challenged, but I can copy things on a scanner. Is it okay to send scanned copies of work?
Also, does the work necessarily have to have tone and such? I can ink it, but I have no access (right now at least) to screen tones. Nor do I know how to obtain some. However, if tone isn’t required, then I have nothing to fear. I suppose at the end of the day I should just try my best, no?
Thank you for the opportunity.

Autumn

Is the title page in the 32 page count? or is it page 33?
and I am in Canada am I eligible for this contest? and is a B4 page size with A4 inside dimensions a submittable format? or is it just for the US? the answers to these questions would be appreciated thanks

Sara

I’m fifteen can i enter? And i don’t use inches in my country. Is it A4 or something like that?

Livabit

I just want to be absolutely clear about the digital thing, what exactly is that? Do you mean like inking and toning it on the computer? What exactly is “digital” when it comes to comics? The only thing I’m aware of about comics is paper and ink. Where does the digital come in? I know the question is probably annoying, and hopefully you haven’t already covered it somewhere, but the idea of digital still stupifies me even in this day and age!

Jesus

Guys just so you know a commentator above under the name of “Abby” already answered a lot of these questions and yes it is a person from Yen Press.

Airwave

A few questions:
1. Do the artists maintain rights? What happens to submissions not chosen for publication?
3. I think you’ll find that 1 1/8 from the edge of 10 3/8 and 7 inches is not 4 5/8 and 8 1/8 but rather 9 1/4 and 5 7/8. Was that a calculation mistake or am I missing something?
2. The dimensions you’ve provided seem odd. Most standard manga sizes I’ve encountered aren’t this long. Also I’m confused what you mean by “live area.” Is this the safety zone? If so, is the 1 1/8 inch margin the bleed area or the trim? ( http://tiny.cc/z5m4i On this Tokyopop page is a link to a pdf with mechanical guidelines that are very thorough in their explanation of what they want the page to look like. I’ve used these dimensions in the past.) If you could perhaps elaborate on what you want the trim, bleed, and safety zone sized at, that would be great. I don’t want to start this project wrong and have to re size everything at the end.
Measure 100 times, cut once, you know?
Thanks for your time. I can’t wait to get started once this is cleared up.

Robert (now with attached blog!)

Instead of answering half of these questions in place of Yen like a highfalutin ignoramus, I’ll instead just type:
Guy’s seriously. Go back and read all the comments, (Abby is a yen representative, make sure to read her word’s twice) and read the specifications page again. A ton of the questions everyone continues to ask were already answered. Ignorance is not above the law (of manga-ka!) and it does not become you to ask what has already been asked and answered.
I forgive you, but put some effort into your deductions, or at least some creativity and grammar into your questions. You guys have to learn to sell yourSELVES better (I try hard, but I, too, am still learning this foreign concept).
*gives you a get-out-of-jail-free card, & a cookie*

the kid

I have some questions for you:
1) What kind of paper can we use like B4 & A4?
2) What kind of art quality are you expecting?
3) What is the age limit?

Kevin

Probably a frequently asked questions. Any required age of entry? Can the short comic be a prologue to an plot that you plan to develop on in a future original series?

Arrow

There seems to be a lot of people asking the same questions or just wording the questions differently.
The title page has to be -within- the 32 page count so as said before, you get 31 pages of actual comic story telling.
You don’t have to ink your pencil drawings digitally if you don’t want to. It can be done traditionally but why complain about doing it digitally anyway? How else are you going to finalise your pages? You will need to put text/dialogue in I presume and handwritting dialogue in isn’t going to look professional.
They’ve said working with others is allowed (as long as your partner/s aren’t professional – meaning they haven’t published works before)
One thing that remains unanswered though is the logo/title on the title page. Are we simply to leave a space for a title? How would you know what the comic is called and how would you have the design for the logo or would you require that from the selected winner(s) once they win?

Redprincess

two things.
Can the title page be part of the story? For example, page 1 but with enough space on top for the title/logo and name? Or does it have to be a completely stand alone page?
Also, I know in abby’s post it now says to have it read left to right, but this was not stated on YenPlus, meaning that those of us dedicated readers that started as soon as you posted it have had no idea of this stipulation. I’m only a few pages from being completely finished, if I have to invert it on the computer it will invert all of the hand written sound effects and words contained within the story, not to mention directions or markings on characters in the story will now not make as much sense. It just seems, because there are stories that flow in both american and japanese in yenplus either or should be acceptable.
I’m not complaining too much about deadline but those that are saying “stop complaining, professionals have to do it in a month” don’t realize some of us have jobs IRL to support us until we become ‘professionals’ and have all day to do nothing but manga.

Joy

and one more question. since i am under 18, and i need a parent signature, where is the contract where my one of my parents can sign their signature?

Melanie

Thanks so much for the update, this really clarifies a lot of details.

Filipe

Thank you so much for all the information but I still have 1 question:
Im not from the States and since you dont accept emails how do I send it? Mail? Fax?
Thnx in advance

Hana

Please, dear Yen Press, tell us which Japanese titles will get licence… I’m sorry I’m still asking the same question, but I can’t wait for it!…
And about Pandora Hearts series: you will issue only seven volumes of it?
(please, please, please, licence all side stories to Higurashi, and Umineko!!!)

Sorrano

@redprincess
I go to school and manage to work amongst all the homework I have so if anyone realizes how hard it is to get things done with deadlines, then it’s more than likely me. Still, I manage to see it as a challange, a dare to show my skills as an artist and a time manager as well. So please don’t assume what I do and do not realize.

Sam

What do you define as “professional level work?”
Lots of mangaka start out sort of bad right? Maki Yoko, author of Hana Yori Dango starts out bad: http://mikegrell.tripod.com/Manga_HanaYoriDango_Unknow_01.jpg
but at the end, her artwork improves: http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb252/bleach514/zomg2.jpg
When you say “professional-level work” I think it discourages some people from entering because they think they aren’t good enough… I agree, to make money, your art MUST be good, but still…

JCG

What if I have published a comic strip in my school newspaper and a few single panel illustrations in local magazines, but never comic book/manga pages? Do I still qualify?

Ocean

How many “entries” can be submitted? In the end will it even matter how many? I feel like I can produce more than one good manga.
Thank you for your time.

Sarah C

If a person enters as part of a Group can they also enter as a single?
I hope that makes sense ^^;
Thank you for your time
Sarah C

Allen

Okay better question
What if we can’t met the inches you wanted us to use
Is it okay if we just make the panels as big as we want it
to. I mean the way I make panels are not as big of a problem but i was wondering if that would be okay we make the panels a little bit close to what you wanted.

Allen

Yes i do not do well with parameters
Can i just send you what I want even thought the parameters are wrong.
I think what i am trying to ask is are they that important. Can i just send you what would be good (meaning the story and the art) regardless of the Panel Parameters.

Allen

I mean i will have panels but they won’t be like what you have on the example….is that alright

Paulina

on the title page do you want us to put our real name under our title for our short? just double checking 🙂

Jane

I have a question about the deadline. Is that the postmarked deadline or do you need all entries in your hands by January 3rd? Thank you in advance!

Sorrano

What is so great about Umineko that EVERYBODY wants it?!?!?! Heck, I might take a couple of pointers…..

lc3

I too would like further definition of “never been published.” Do illustrations and non-manga comic strips count?

Hana

About titles I want you to licence… What about Maker Hikoushiki Hatsune Mix? Yes, it’s that popular manga about Hatsune Miku – you must know her. It got only 2 volumes, so I think it will be great, if you licence it…

Megan

Is the live area the only part of the page printed and the stuff outside of the red lines doesn’t appear? Or is that just to help guide the artist with how everything needs to be placed?

Cathy

Your given sheet proportions sort of match that of the standard American superhero comic book floppy rather then the magazine, or a standard manga volume… Except the live area is a lot smaller.
Is this search a trick? Will I be sad?

sorrano

@cathy
I doubt the search is a trick but if it is, at least you will have gotten some practice and now you have something to put in your portfolio too.
But my guess is that yen’s gonna edit the page sizes or something like that before they put it in the magazine.
I heard Hassler is a pretty harsh critic, though. Not in the rude sense, but in the sense that he wants some top-notch work. So try to produce something absolutley flawless.

sara s

If our main character is gay would this lower the chances of being accepted? It has no sex/graphic scenes nor is his sexuality the theme of the story. So basically, is it okay to out him as early as the submissions/potential ch1?

M Lin

Does the pages have to be drawn back and front or is the art drawn only on one side?

Elyssa

Are you still taking submissions? So what do you recramend on what I use for paper? and for the pg’s is it a little oneshot or something that we wanna work on for an actual comic story?

Lily

I usually create comics on B4-size paper. is that close enough to your measurements or do I have to be more exact?

Carlota

Can you put the dimensions of the page in cm? Just to make me sure that I don’t get it wrong because I never work with inchs in my life.

Yuuira

Is it necessary to draw things left to right? I’ve grown up doing things right to left, so drawing manga left to right is disorienting… I’m sorry, I don’t mean to complain, but I think it’s unfair to those who are more comfortable drawing right to left. You may get a bigger success rate if those who do draw that way were allowed to do so and do things within their comfort zone.
Also, are Japanese sound effects ok? I’d prefer those to english ones…

Jesus

What about the published work? Is it to be Double sided? Or what if we make a panel that spans two pages? I know it’s left to right but does it actually have to be made out to be a book or just single one sided pages arranged in order?

Kentsugi

I don’t exactly see the point in having people change their panels and stuff if they’ve already done them, just so that it can fit with the, “It HAS to read Left to Right” rule. I understand the change that you’re trying to reach out further to the american public, but it honestly shouldn’t matter if the story is read left –> right or right –> left, just so long as the story is good. I’d like to add on that those who read manga (i.e. your main audience), most likely have been reading Right –> Left, so by changing that you are not only making things much more confusing for us aspiring authors, but also for your main audience. You allow both american and Japanese manga in this magazine, so it’d only be fair to allow those of us who are accustomed to drawing in the Japanese style to do it that way. I’m already skeptical of this “Search”, so responses to these questions SOON, would be very useful because flipping the pages I’ve already done is not possible. I understand that rules must be established and certain things like the scale (which I also found very odd) and the due date are something that should be met, but the way it is shows a lack of openness towards a style that isn’t american. It’d be tough, but changing my orientation would be ok. In all honesty just give us the freedom to write and draw the way we do and I can assure you that we won’t disappoint.

chex

“Size of each page of printed digital art should be 7 inches wide by 10-3/8 inches tall. The live area of each page is 4-3/4 inches by 8-1/8 inches (that is, 1-1/8 inches from the edge of the page).”
Your logic isn’t making sense. If the live area is 1-1/8 inches from the edge of the page, that makes live area NOT 4-3/4 inches, but about 6 inches in length.
So, uh..what? Where does this 4 come from?

Autumn

what kind of shading is allowed? do we have to use screen tones or can we use grey scale?(by hand)

Autumn

I know this technically has nothing to do with you but I use a program called manga studio and its choking on your size specs the top and bottom keep getting cut off on my pages is there a reason for that?

Takomo

When will these be published? and are they part of a longer series or are they one-shots?

LittleLadyPunk

Who is eligible: Any artist who has NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED may enter.
My other comics was published in Poland. Does it mean I’m not eligible?

Monkey

Will Higurashi ended in Atronement Arc or will it be continued? I’d love to see Massacre Arc and others in my collection.
And the same about Pandora Hearts – only 7 volumes? Please, issue more of it!

Abby

@Monkey The volumes you see on our site are just the volumes we currently have scheduled. So yes, we do intend to release Pandora Hearts and Higurashi to completion, but until we have final dates worked out with our Japanese licensors, you won’t see them on the site. Don’t worry! We won’t leave you hanging!

Ryan

If an artist has been published only in an anthology, are they still eligible to enter?

Autumn Smith

I have 2 questions…
Can we do more than 32 pages?
and
Can it be in all pencil?

Lyre

I have a complaint about Maximum Ride Volume 3, on page 181 max says she is going to google the coded pages, but she then instead decides to “Qoogle” them instead, can anyone explain this plot hole?

Abby

@Lyre Not a plot hole so much as a consistency error on our part related to the trademark of the Google logo. Thanks for bringing to our attention.

Chris

Does the 32 page manuscript has to be a chapter, where you give a hint of whats to come next, or a “oneshot” where you start and end the story in 32 pages?

Danny

Like a lot of people have said, I’m still concerned about the proportions issue. A 1.125 inch margin on a page this size is pretty huge, and definitely doesn’t look right. I checked my old copies of Yen Plus, and the “Live Area” on the manga in there look to be about half that, more like what’s seen in the example image. I suppose it’s possible that half of that margin is cut off, but that would mean the images had to be blown up to be printed, and I know from my own work as an amateur that blowing up raster art seldom looks good.
But even though the example image has what looks like the right proportions, it’s labelled wrong, so I’m not sure what to believe here. I checked in Photoshop, and the margin between the edge of the page and the live area on the example page is about 5/8 inch, making the live area actually about 5-3/4 inches x 9-1/8 inches. There’s also what appears to be a 1/8 inch bleed at the far edge of the example image.

Anna

@Entsugi and Yuuira
first of all, making your works read from “left to right” is already American enough XD; and the scales requirement… that’s a no-brainer. Yen Press is a publisher, of course they’re gonna require a page format. ._.
second,
rules are rules people. remember, they are looking for professional-leveled work so you guys have to act professional about it too. If your comics/mangas are read from right to left you have no choice but to change the format. It’s not Yen Press’ problem anymore if you can’t follow the rules. Editors demand alot of revision from the artists’ manuscipts and if you claim that you need to do things freely, then i don’t think you guys are meant to be in the industry. just saying.
lastly, you can’t always draw within your comfort zones. once again, be professional about it and think out of the box.

Lily

sorry, one more question — when you say the deadline is January 3rd, does that mean if my submission is postmarked on the 3rd it made the cutoff, or does it have to actually be in your hands by the 3rd?

Abby

***FROM YEN PRESS***
I understand that you all want to get this right, but some of you are getting way too worked up about the details.
This search is your opportunity to show us what you’ve got. Your pen name doesn’t matter, the exact exact measurements of your pages don’t matter, the subject matter doesn’t matter.
What is important is that you send a us a short story that showcases you as an artist and storyteller. Show us who you are as a creator, whether that means a stylized four-panel gag comic or a serious, realistic drama piece. We want to see your talent, so use your best judgment in deciding how you can best present your work to us.
A number of you are still asking questions that have already been addressed, so make sure you check back at the guidelines page for additional comments from our editors.

ed

@Abby
Sorry this isnt actually related to the talen search but by “until we have final dates worked out with our Japanese licensors” do you mean that you cant decied when to release a manga the Japanese company tells you when you can release it?

The time traveller

I’d too would like to know if the deadline refers to the postmark date or the day you receive the pages
I don’t live in the United States so it’s a big difference for me.

Jean

Does our submission have to have an age limit in the content? I’m only asking to know how bloody a scene can be.

Temari

Wait, nvm I got my answer about the other one;
But, what type of manga style can it be?
Like in, should it be 4-panel-koma? Or should it be a traditional regular manga style like with the popping out text and boxes?

Kentsugi

Ah, I feel terrible, you’re right. I’m the novice and you guys know what you’re doing. I’d like to apologize for that comment. It was childish, rude and a bit hypocritical on my part. I am sorry.
May I ask one more thing? If it’s good enough, and I’m not saying mine are great, but if the art is good and you like it, but the story isn’t, would there be anything for just artists? As in I might draw for someone else who’s story is good, but lacks that artistic touch? or is it this a search for those who’ve already paired off or can whip out art and a story.
Again, I’m very sorry for that… I hope you like my entry when the time comes.

Carol

Hi!, Can someone from Venezuela enter the contest?, other thing, the Manga that i draw i have to send it to you printed to the adress you listed, or i can send it to you digital?. I have two stories, and one of them i´m using in my personal site. Do you need a original one (not published) or i can send the one i´m working for?, i´m just asking to be sure. Sorry for troubling you.

chex

Temari, your second question was addressed as well.
Abby said,
“Show us who you are as a creator, whether that means a stylized four-panel gag comic or a serious, realistic drama piece. We want to see your talent, so use your best judgment in deciding how you can best present your work to us.”

Rin

Hi, I looked through other people’s comments, so I’m pretty sure this hasn’t been answered yet (and not on the guidelines yet either).
It says that we can’t do anything digital (i.e., send the submission via email), but I was wondering if the art has to be done traditionally all the way. If I draw my submission in pencil, can I scan it into my PC to lineart it/colour it in photoshop and then print it out to send in the mail? Or do I have to outline it all by hand?
Also, can we use colour? Or is it specifically black and white? (I know you said we don’t have to use colour, but does that mean it’s optional?)
Thank you for taking the time to read and answer my inquiries!

Robert

I think, “DO YOUR BEST” answers nearly all the previous questions asked, including my own.
Don’t worry so much, guys! I know, I worry too, but times running out, and you shouldn’t be stressing over this so much. Stress, instead, on getting it done. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how you do what you do, just follow their guidelines as best you can, and try to make something awesome with what you have, and what you know!
Have fun, and DO YOUR BEST!!

Sorrano

@Rin
That’s been answered too. You can do the artwork basically any way you need to, it just can’t be too graphic.

Autumn smith

When you say PROFESSIONAL-level work, does it have to look like an actual published manga book? Because I do all my work in pencil (b/c it’s my favorite tool)

Abby

@Autumn It’s all in how you use the tools. Pencil doesn’t print very well and can look unfinished, which is why most pros use ink. If you want to give it a shot with the tools you’re most comfortable with, and you can wow us, more power to you!

The time traveller

what do you mean by “not too graphic”? are violence and gory scenes allowed? what about sex?

Aubrey

Will you accept a submission if it’s shipped before January 3rd but you didn’t get it till after then, will you still accept it?

Kai

Why does it say 4 – 3/4 inches width for the live area margin, but on the picture it says 4-5/8 inches? o_O; Which one do we use?

Abby

@Kai Because our editors can’t do math? The text is right. I’ll fix the image and have it up for you ASAP!

ed

@ Kentsugi
I have a few stories in mind but suck at drawning do you wanna work togeather?
sorry if this is not aloud yen presss D:

Tofu

Hello! Just wondering, what kind of submitting methods are allowed? I know that email is not allowed, but is there another way to submit digital files? Or is it a print-then-mail-the-copies kind of thing?
People may or may not have asked this, sorry!

The time traveller

Please clarify the proportions issue, is the live area 4-5/8 by 8-1/8 or 5-3/4 by 9-1/8? there’s a huge difference.

animeCRAZY

Hey I have a few questions…
1. Can the paper be double sided?
2. Can we use pen names *totally wants one*
3. When we mail it… should it be mailed BEFORE january 5 or ON january 5?????
I need these answers so I know what to do!!

Abby

@animeCRAZY Probably not a good idea to do double-sided. Looks a bit sloppy.
And for everyone who’s been asking,
***PEN NAMES. Yes. It really doesn’t matter as long as we have your real name when we want to get in contact with you.
***MAILING IT IN. Postmarked by the date is absolutely fine.

Amy

I was wondering could i do it as a story within a story so that i could briefly explain it?
and how grahpic can it be?

Abby

@Amy You can structure your story however you want.
For appropriateness, it looks like we’re using Jack Frost as our violence threshold, and the tame end of Omamori Himari for the sexual threshold.

Thomas

Sorry, but i am very new to this. I am simply using this contest to actually try to give it a shot.
1. My first question is actually about the ‘short story?’ Art has been mentioned a few times, so is it meant to be like a light novel, and if so, is there a certain word count restriction. Or is it like a manga? Or is it something completely different. I am rather young, and don’t know how this works.
I hope you respond. Depending on the answer(if you respond), i might have more questions. Thanks for reading.

Azusa

Is it available only for readers from US? I am from an European country and I was thinking of applying XD

Abby

@Azusa and all of our friends abroad: YES! As long as you have not been published professionally, you may enter our talent search!

Abby

@LittleLadyPunk If you have a published book, you are not eligible for this search. However, we do accept pitches from professional/published artists for short stories or series. You can see our guidelines by clicking over to the “Contact” tab.

Lyre

Like how graphic is not allowed? Do you mean Omamori Himari level graphic or something like Vertical’s Lychee Light Club graphic?

Abby

@Lyre Omamori is actually rated mature because the depiction of her *ahem* anatomy runs just over the edge of older teen, and later on the rollicking gets a little intense. But I would say that if you keep it around that level, you’ll probably be fine. Something like Highschool of the Dead is way into mature territory. If the more graphic stuff is what you’d eventually like to work on, you are certainly welcome to mention that along with your submission, but for this talent search…you may have to edge it back a bit. 🙂

Temari

When we send in our short manga, should we leave any contact info? Like our email address?

Abby

@Temari Yes, please let us know how to get in touch with you when you send in your submission.

Cara

i was just wondering if this is a yearly event or a one off thing because i would love to jion but i fell like my art isnt refined enough yet . please let me know if there is any possibilities for any junior art or manga submissions
cara.

Shizuku

Hey, what about new Japanese titles? You wrote they will be soon, but I’m waiting and waiting, and you don’t give any new informations…

Erin

Abby,
I understand you don’t want people “worked up” about the details, but the MEASUREMENTS aren’t merely details, they’re the starting point. People doing high quality work want to get point A right, so as to save time and effort redoing pages later. And it’s a MAJOR headache when such amateurish measurements are provided.
Tip?
Provide a .psd photoshop template (or illustrator) of correct measurement INCLUDING the professional standards of not JUST the live area, but also the trim/bleeds, etc.
Providing only a live area that conflicts with your prior printings and even conflicts with the example image makes your contest look ve~ry amateurish and really puts off a lot of artists because, even the simplest print-on-demand sites offer correct measurements like these. Several of them offer downloadable templates, too.
It doesn’t take that much effort to get this sort of thing RIGHT, especially when your job is to print and publish manga. DON’T make people comb through hundreds of comments to find this information. Fix the original post with clarification. It’s the professional thing to do. Get rid of the conflicting information. Measurements aren’t “pidly” details, and every single other site I’ve been to makes this sort of thing VERY clear.

Erin

Please answer Danny’s question:
————–
RE: Like a lot of people have said, I’m still concerned about the proportions issue. A 1.125 inch margin on a page this size is pretty huge, and definitely doesn’t look right. I checked my old copies of Yen Plus, and the “Live Area” on the manga in there look to be about half that, more like what’s seen in the example image. I suppose it’s possible that half of that margin is cut off, but that would mean the images had to be blown up to be printed, and I know from my own work as an amateur that blowing up raster art seldom looks good.
But even though the example image has what looks like the right proportions, it’s labelled wrong, so I’m not sure what to believe here. I checked in Photoshop, and the margin between the edge of the page and the live area on the example page is about 5/8 inch, making the live area actually about 5-3/4 inches x 9-1/8 inches. There’s also what appears to be a 1/8 inch bleed at the far edge of the example image.
——-
The measurements you guys provided make one heck of an ugly presentation, so perhaps there is some mistake. Nonetheless, it’s a very glaring mistake that needs to be fixed. Please provide:
Full Bleed Size, Trim Size, AND the Live Area.
Example of how to make this very clear?
http://ka-blam.com/printing/index.php?page=Specs_manga

Twill

Okay, I’ve been reading some replies and you guys say, “So long as proportions are maintained, it’s fine!” I’m going to reiterate the disappointment of other posters in how this is set-up and how unclear your page sizes are. It doesn’t even seem half as organized as the old Tokyopop gigs.
Come on, guys. I’m highly disappointed in Yen Press. It’s not that hard to provide print & trim information in a clear manner. At least clarify where the final trim is going to be.
And like was said above, Please get the measurements for Full Bleed Size, Trim Size, AND Live Area up. This is not only very strange for your contest, but it’s also print 101. How in the world do you expect talented artists to even *want* to enter contract with you if can’t put up a few measly guidelines to help them avoid headaches of re-prepping later.
Sigh.
I’m sure this can be remedied. If the editors on hand can’t get this sort of information, get someone who can verify and type it up. Most companies have the specs on hand in a guidebook. *facepalm* It’s not that hard, but only YOU know what your print specs are — you’re the publisher!!!

Twill

“Dimensions : As mentioned above, as long as the proportions are maintained, the size of the paper you use does not really matter. The proportions don’t have to be exact, as long as it’s close.”
Ok, then. Here’s the bit where you replied. But you didn’t answer the should-be easy question.
Full Bleed Size and TRIM, plz. That’s the most basic of the basic. And it’s necessary to “maintain proportion.”

Abby

@Twill I’m not sure where the confusion over the dimensions is coming from. You full page of finished art must be 7″ x 10 3/8″, as described and shown above. This includes a 1/8″ bleed. If your work appears in Yen Plus, that 1/8″ will be “trimmed,” just as it would be if the pages were printed. so the “trim size” of the pages is 6.75″ by 10 1/8″ (you just subtract the bleed from the full dimension).

Emma

Is it ok if use pen names? Also, can we just zerox our origonal artwork and send it without those fancy editing computer programs?

Angeline

For the submission date, does the manga have to arrive on January 3, 2011? Or can we mail it that day? I would like to know how fast I have to work. Thank you.

Loom

Dear Yen Press,
There are a lot of people interested in your contest on DeviantArt, even this late in the ball game. I would very much love to provide clear information for the Manga-Apps members there.
My sister messaged you all yesterday, and now I am messaging with a simple question, if you don’t mind. I see you have outlined the Live area clearly as 4 3/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. You specified a document size of 7 in. x 10 3/8 in.
However, it isn’t clear to me whether the document size specified is the bleed or the final trim. I suspect the document size is the bleed size, and what is missing from the measurements is the trim size, going by the visual scheme this gives. But I am not certain.
If you would please clarify the specific numbers for Bleed, Trim, and Live Area, I can update my template for interested parties and members.
http://manga-apps.deviantart.com/blog/36590462/#/d33wezy
The example image on the contest page doesn’t seem to give an accurate visual of the actual measurements proved, as seen here: http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy277/LOOMinate/Comparison.jpg. This is confusing some of our members, so any additional information you can provide would be most helpful.
Thank you,
LOOM
[email protected]

Ocean

Hi, I have a question.
Does online-publishing count as being “published”? Not as in a free webcomic site, but if you’re published on an online webmanga site that requires a paid subscription to read?
I’d really still love to join this contest so I hope this doesn’t apply…!

Shizuku

When new japanese titles will come…?
Am I so annoying that you don’t want to anserw my question?
I think you must know something that important…
And how many volumes Maximum Ride Manga will finally have? 10 or even more?

Abby

@Shizuku When we’re ready to announce them, we’ll announce them. More than that, I cannot say…
As for Max, we intend to complete the full novel series at two volumes of manga per novel…
I suppose we won’t know how many volumes for sure until Mr. Patterson stops writing them!

Sorrano

@Rin
No Problem, don’t worry about it.
As for maximum ride, I hope Pat stops writing them so miss Narae Lee can expend her talents on a MUCH better story.
Wait, no, it’s not the story, it’s just Fang. And Angel. Hate her too.

Ocean

Hi, um, just in case you missed my question~
Does online-publishing count as being “published”? Not as in a free webcomic site, but if you’re published on an online webmanga site that requires a paid subscription to read?
I’d really still love to join this contest so I hope this doesn’t apply…!

Stefan

License request!
I would love to see the…ToraDora!, Toaru Majutsu No Index, Ore no Im?to ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, and Bakemonogatari novels. Also, steal the Shakugan no Shana novels license from Viz, they haven’t been doing anything with it for years!

sara s

do we have a limit to how many color pages we can make? in example, could make a color cover, and then three or so pages of the comic in color?

Temari

Sorry for all of my questions >n<;;
1) Is it 32 pages all or is it 32 pages double-sided? So, will it be 32 pages, plus the other side totaling to be 64 pages in all?
2) Are we able to sketch it all out with pencil, then scan it and then put it on the computer to fix the lines and stuff? If we are allowed to do that, then can we add like toning and stuff on the computer?

Machina

Hey! This is going to seem like a rather silly question I bet but I figured it was worth asking just in case.
Would having a small comic printed in a program guide at a convention as a prize for a comic contest count as published?
I’m afraid that it does but I’m really not sure how to check.
Sorry for the silly question and thank you in advance!

Abby

@Machina Nope, doesn’t count. Unless you’ve worked under contract as a professional comic artist for another publisher, you may enter!

sara s

*could /we/ make a color cover.
and on that matter, is it okay to put the cover on maybe the third page, with story lead-up?

Abby

@sara s If you’re thinking of the title page, you may put it wherever you like (toward the beginning, obviously). We prefer black and white in general since that’s how most manga is published, but if you’d like to include a color page, that is completely up to you.

Abby

@Angie You may, but it might be in your best interest to send us one, very polished work that you feel is your best piece.

Stephen

Abby – when you say ‘postmarked by the deadline’, do you mean in the country of origin or in New York? Also, should the thirty-page story be self-contained, or a prelude to a bigger piece of work? Many thanks, Stephen

Abby

@Stephen No matter where you’re mailing it from, I would guess the mail system would mark it with the date they picked it up. We’re expecting these to trickle in for a week after the deadline, so if you’re abroad and for whatever reason it’s marked a day or two late, we won’t hold it against you. Just shoot to get it out by the deadline!
As for your second question, this is a one-shot short story. Since there’s no guarantee that your series idea would be picked up, this should be self-contained, even if it is set in the world of your longer work.

animeCRAZY

does it have to be read left to right? I understand the concept but, I think it would be easier if it was read right to left like other manga. And what if someone already started, would they have to fix all the panels they had to be left to right?
Please reply ASAP

animeCRAZY

Sorry for asking so many questions… I just need to know if it can be right to left, I already finished half of my story and inked it, and am stressing over if I need to redo them or not. I really need to know!
Thanks and sorry for bothering you

Abby

@animeCRAZY Our editor feels very strongly about it being left-to-right, as there’s really no need for it to be right-to-left unless you’re Japanese. If you’ve already completed pages, I would recommend one of two things: Flop the art on a computer or send a really really nice explanation of why your work is reversed and wow us with your art so that we don’t care that it’s Japanese-style. At this point, I would not recommend stressing yourself out redrawing the pages.

Katherine

I’m sorry if this question has been asked before, but do we have to draw in the anime style or is a cartoony style allowed? Either way works for me.

Abby

@Katherine Draw it in your style. While our content skews manga-style, we’ve published more “indy” works and are open to seeing your unique approach. There is no “right way.” Give us what you think is your best work.

Temari

Sorry for so many question;;;; I want to be comepletly sure that I know all of this;;;
Um, will it be ok if we print it out double sided??
And, just in case you missed what I wrote but, are we able to sketch it all out with pencil, then scan it and then put it on the computer to fix the lines and stuff? If we are allowed to do that, then can we add like toning and stuff on the computer?

Abby

@You can print it out double-sided if you wish, but for those of you doing everything by hand I wouldn’t recommend double-sided.
And as I said, you may create your art however you wish. Computer toning is perfectly fine.

Stephen

Abby, would you prefer the thirty-two pages to be loose, stapled, or bound together like a manga? Thanks again, Stephen

animeCRAZY

@Abby
thanks for taking the time to answer my question! I’ll work hard!

Strife

Argh! I so wish I could be a part of this. Too bad nobody needs another lousy writer. I mean, there are already tons of geeks out there with their own lousy ideas.

Hiera

Wants new japanese titles…
Waiting is cruel…
Can’t wait to see Umineko in your books!

Firechick

I would honestly LOVE to do this. But many reasons prevent me from doing so.
But I think I know someone who might!

Lo

When you say all important art must be within the live area of 4 3/4 in. x 8 1/8 in., does that also mean art not within panels? Or would panel-less art go out into the margins?
And though this is just out of curiosity, why are the dimensions of the pages/live area so small?

Abby

@Lo No no, you can certainly draw to the edges of the page. The live area just means that it should contain everything that is absolutely critical to your story (important art, bubbles should be largely contained in this area, etc.).

Cherriuki

does it HAVE to be drawn left to right? im more used to drawing right to left….

Abby

@Cherriuki If you’ve already begun and it would be difficult for you to change the orientation, then please include a note explaining that that is the case. However, because we are producing English-language material, you really should get in the habit of drawing left-to-right, as it makes more sense for your audience.

Angel

Will Yen Press hold another New Talent Search in the future? I want to enter but with exams, ISUs and the holidays I’m unable to.

Kentsugi

@ed I’m up for a tag team thing! although it’s getting a little close to the deadline, I think I can do it. You got a name/storyboard set up? if so I’d like to see it and I’ll show you my art to see if you think it’ll work with your stories. I don’t exactly know how to contact you though…

Kentsugi

@ ed Actually, I must apologize, in my haste I forgot I’d had things stacked up and am barely able to complete the entry I’ve begun… I feel bad about saying it, but maybe the next time they have a talent search let’s do this. I am deeply sorry… ^_^|||

Filipe

Hi there Abby!
Could you answer me this… I dont really know if it has been answered, though.
I’m not really familiar with the inch system (more with cm and mm)
Could you tell me how is the page (live area, bleed line and stuff) in cm/mm, please?
Thank you in advance 😉

lexy

ok i am an ameatur too and i dont understand the porportions to the page to we only draw in the live area or what?
and second i know its 32 oages but dose that count fron and page or all together 32?

Abby

@lexy Your art should fill the full page, all the way to the bleed (unless you’re intentionally leaving white space around a panel). A Google search might yield some helpful websites.
And you only get 32 pages. Not front and back, just 32 pages of art.

ed

@Kentsugi
dont worry I found somone else :3 Thanks for replying though 😀

Filipe

@Abby I actually used one like those xD But wasnt really sure if it would end up the same :/ But id you recommend I guess I can use it 😀 Thanks 😉

Stephen

Abbey, in the announcement you asserted that one must “…keep panels (…) within (the) live area”. But in response to Lexy you’ve requested that “art should fill the full page, all the way to the bleed”. Would you please clarify this — should I draw my panels within the ‘live area’, or extend them all the way to the bleed (whilst keeping the important areas within the live areas)?
Many thanks, Stephen

Abby

@Stephen If you look at most manga, in some instances the artist chooses to leave white space around the edges, and sometimes they choose to make the art go right to the edge of the page. Most of them use the “live area” guide as the edge of their panel when they choose to use white space.

lexy

o ok so you can draw up to the bleed but the want your speech bubbles and dialect to be in the live area?

Yosei

When you say the deadline is January 3rd, does that mean you have to have the art in your hands on January 3rd, or does the art in the mail have to be postmarked by then? What I mean is, can I send my art on January 2nd, have it postmarked that day, and it arrives at your studio on the 4th, does it still count as being in before the deadline?

Stephen

Thanks for clarifying Abbey. Being a keen manga fan I was aware of both approaches, but had to be sure!
Should the submission be sent in a binder (so that double-page spreads and page order are maintained)?

Sunday

well i feel like this is an opportunity but at the same time a burden. the measurements are unclear and it will take some getting use to. if the measurements didn’t matter than why are there measurements shown? i want to get this right. also what drives me insane is the deadline. im really pinched for time. i really wish that you, as publishers, would gives us, artists, more time. well at any case i still have to work like hell to get this done. at least you guys WON’T hold the late submissions ACCOUNTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sonix

As publishers it obviously you don’t know what you doing because……
1. You on your “Comment” said that it doesn’t take much effort to make a manga page >:( To be a manga artist it DOES TAKE EFFORT!!To do a page WHY?because everyone want to work hard to get noticed!!!
2. SHORT DUE DATE!!!
The date is so short! what about ppl just now FINDING THIS OUT?! even Morning’s due date is longer? this can easily descourage artists around the world (EVEN IN THE COMMENTS) its a shame that ppl have to fumble through all of THESE comments to figure out about the deadlines and measurements. a manga can look really sloppy if its rushed.
3 People have been asking questions like crazy
It obvious that everythings out of order!That means that the website info was either false or not specific at all!!!!!

ed

Hi Abby! though im not enterning if I do some questions 😀
1) are you doing this next year? I think you should! Its really gonna help Original English Manga take off :3
2) When the winner is picked if you dont decied to have them run a series [but do puplish it in your magazine] if another company do this can said winner enter there compotition as well?
aslo @Yosei
I think I recall abby saying it has to be postmarked by th 3rd they wll let it run for about a week. But dont quote me on this your best off looking it up [she said it somwhere here]

charles

Two months to do 32 pages is not a short amount of time. That’s almost two days per page. Most professional artists can do a page or more a day.
The measurement problem was already cleared up and they had already said that the would be lenient on measurements.
Seriously people, all this whining and complaining is why more companies don’t do things like this. There are less than 30 days left now so your time would probably be better used making manga than arguing with a company that is giving you a chance to have it professionally published.

Misakite

Like what Yosei said:
When you say the deadline is January 3rd, does that mean you have to have the art in your hands on January 3rd, or does the art in the mail have to be postmarked by then? What I mean is, can I send my art on January 2nd, have it postmarked that day, and it arrives at your studio on the 4th, does it still count as being in before the deadline?
Because I’m not sure how long it’ll take for mail to be sent over to New York (where I live is pretty far) is there a grace period for overseas entries?

Shizuku

And about Higurashi series… It won’t end in only 18 volumes, yes? I hope Massacre Arc and others will get licence too.

Abby

@Shizuku Maybe not the thread for this, but the volumes you see posted are just the volumes we have scheduled. We do intend to complete the series, and once we have the dates for new books they will be updated on the Higurashi page! Could you post your comments related to releases under the New Releases tab please? ^_^

ed

@Misakite
Okay here is a direct quote
“Postmarked by the third is fine!
Your first page should be a right-hand page (not a spread) as it is when you open a book. **CORRECTED (Sorry, guys, Abby is directionally challenged.)
Please submit your work in left-to-right orientation.
As far as age restriction goes, the magazine as a whole is rated Older Teen. As long as it’s not super-grotesquely violent or over-the-top sexual, anything goes, really…”

Lolipopz34

Hey Abby, I am unable to enter in the talent search so I have two questions
1) You can send in art any time right? Do the same rules from the Talent Search apply to that?
2) Are you going to have another talent search in the future?
I look forward to seeing your answer 🙂 Thank you in advance!

Brandy W.

I was wondering if we can send in an entry that was already sent to another competition?

Abby

@lexy No, the deadline hasn’t changed, my earlier post was in response to a query about the Spice and Wolf release date. Sorry if there was confusion. As we’ve stated since the beginning, must be postmarked by January 3rd!

sara s

X3 what Yosei said. Actually, I planned on drawing two pages a day when it’s my finally my vacation and then shipping on January 3rd…so as long as it’s postmarked by then? (please say so–!)
Also, I’m very excited to hear about your May one as well. If this one doesn’t get a good reply, then I’ll definitely try again ^^ . I really hope you guys are planning to be an american-made manga publisher for a while~ It’s exciting to see so many artists finally getting an opportunity. The number of comments on this post should attest to that c: .

Kojou

Can you please give some examples for the page of the manga according to your standard proportion? Please……..

Misakite

@sara
Quoted from ed on my same question:
Okay here is a direct quote
“Postmarked by the third is fine!
Your first page should be a right-hand page (not a spread) as it is when you open a book. **CORRECTED (Sorry, guys, Abby is directionally challenged.)
Please submit your work in left-to-right orientation.
As far as age restriction goes, the magazine as a whole is rated Older Teen. As long as it’s not super-grotesquely violent or over-the-top sexual, anything goes, really…”
Thanks, ed!
The deadline is nearing, I’m going to pick up the pace to the max! WRAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHH!!!

Mushroom2Cow

I think it would be cool if you guys made a graphic novel out of all the entries you receive for this! Or at least out of the good ones, I’d buy it lol!

Peter

Hello. I read through the comments (what a task!) and I didn’t see my question, so I’ll ask 🙂
Concerning the title page, you don’t want it to simply be a blank sheet of paper with the title and our contact information on it, right? Would something like a page with the top 1/3 blank for the title and info and the bottom 2/3’s for art be acceptable?
Should I print my contact info on the back of each of my pages?
And finally, I drew a 30 page comic before that I will submit, but the page proportions are different from what you’ve requested. I spent the day adjusting it so that it’s as close to the proportions as possible. Should I simply add a note saying so?
Thank you very much 🙂

Peter

In addition to my question about the title page, could it done like a comic book cover (i.e. a full page illustration with a logo over the art and my name somewhere)? I think it could be fun to draw a logo, but I’m not sure if you wanted a plain type logo simply stating the title.
Thank you again!

Syku

And to add to the growing list of questions, what is your policy on sound effects? Some of us may want to use Japanese or Korean sound effects for visual aesthetic. Does it have to be English?

Abby

@Syku …You can add English sound effects as an aesthetic element to your page, but unless there’s some reason for there to be Japanese or Korean text in your story…no.

Allen

Abby i have a question. Yen plus says they are looking for
professional artist. People who have good art and a good story to back it up.
Is yen plus just looking for people with the promise in art work and stories or are they just looking for people who would possibly be the next big thing.
For example people whose are is at a professional level you would take them. Would also be looking for other artist who have promise.

Abby

@Allen Yen Press is looking for artists who have the potential to be successful as professionals. Our goal is to find new artists and give them the opportunity to develop into the best artists/storytellers they can be, but it’s true that we expect those artists we take one to have developed to a certain level. When we say “professional level,” we mean artists who have the talent to produce consistent, quality work and succeed in this competitive industry. Regardless, this talent search is your opportunity to show your best to a team of editors, and If we like someone’s style but see that he or she is not yet ready for publication, we will certainly keep them in our files, expecting that the next time we see their work, they will have continued to perfect their craft.
Hope that helps?

Lo

@Abby: Your reply to Allen sparked my interest. When you say that you would still keep a person in your files if they interested you enough, would you notify them about this? Since they might move on to another publisher if you showed no response. (Sorry, this is kind of off-topic.)

zomilla

I’m curious to know if light novel entries are allowed? As the format from the LNs from Japan with artwork and writings.

Stephen

Must the story be screentoned, or is it acceptable to be finished to the level of being inked?

sorrano

It’s not a contest, but did you expect them to aaccept submissions ALL THE TIME? You know how much work that is? And if we’re all amatuers, then it’s only natrual to start getting a feel for deadlines asap.

Allen

Yeah not mention with life,work,christmas, the deadline is no joke. Hopfully they will take some amatuers that look like they can make their skills more powerful. I only have six more pages to ink plus a little bit more. I got to draw my entry out and finish it asap! I suggust you guys do to.

Allen

I have a question though. Will our work be acceptibe to send in our work somewhere close to newyears. And what ever day, will you accept it if is late

lexy

after this one will you have another talent search or is this our only chance?

Rufino Marx

Oi, can we have one day grace period for the deadline? and by grace period I mean can my submission be postmarked on the 4th? I don’t want to nag but I only heard about this 2 weeks ago
thanks!!

Lo

Is a pile of rotting people considered within the restrictions?
(sorry for the blunt wording)

Suzuno

I’m just wondering, will there be any new talent searches in the future? Thank you!

Delaney

knowing today I will not be finishing in time, will you be doing something like this in the near future?

arrow

Yes I too would like to know if this sort of thing will be put forward in the future again.
I am pretty confident about the comic I am working and I feel that if I had tried to finish it and sent it you before Jan 3rd, it would be rushed and not as good as it can be with a bit more time.
With that said, even if you aren’t doing another talent search for a while, I could simply pitch this comic to you at a later date?

RJ

Maaan~ I screwed up! I won’t get this thing done on time, now.
Should I try for the regular Submission Guide thingy instead? (my story is 34 pages long, that’s 4 over the Submission Guide specifications [30], but…)
Darn it, I really wanted to be a part of this.

MK

Hi! was wondering if It’s okay if we have the entry postmarked January 4th? Thank you! : D

Bryan Bradford

Please look out for “Cogs Unlimited”! I spent 30 dollars to get it there by the fifth atleast. It’s post marked for the 3rd 😀

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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?

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.

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..

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 @[email protected];
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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