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


Who is eligible: Any artist who has NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED may enter.

What to send: Create a 32-page short story using the page parameters below:

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). Please keep panels and “important art” (speech bubbles, text, and art that is critical to telling your story) within this live area. As long as these proportions are maintained, you may size your pages as you wish.

You do not need to create color pages or a cover, but please include a full page title page of art with space for a title logo and your credit.

Deadline: January 3, 2011

If your submission catches our eye, you may receive a contract for publication in YEN PLUS!

Send a photocopy or printout of your completed short story and your contact info to:

Attn: New Talent Search
Yen Plus
237 Park Ave. 13-114
New York, NY 10017

The fine print: Please do not send original art as no art will be returned. We will not be able to respond or provide feedback on all inquiries. If we are interested in your submission, we will contact you. Please do not attempt to contact the editors directly.

Have at it, and have fun! We are looking forward to seeing what all of you come up with!

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In response to the questions asked so far:

  • 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.
  • 32 pages : We really prefer you make your story exactly 32 pages, but we won’t make a fuss if you are +/- 2 pages.
  • Self-published or web comic experiences are allowed.
  • Teamwork also allowed.
  • It has to read left to right.
  • On the title page, include your title/name. The logo doesn’t have to be fancy, and the title page doesn’t necessarily have to be a full page of art. If you can find a way to make it part of your story, that’s also fine.
  • You don’t have to be in the States to enter.
  • There’s no age limit, but if you are under 18 and we like your work, a parent or a guardian will need to sign any contracts or other paperwork.
  • We do not seek copyrights for creator-submitted work. Anything submitted will remain the sole copyright of the creator. If we are interested in your submission, we will provide you with a contract outlining our terms.
  • Nothing has to be digitally done. You can work with a pen and paper and scan/photocopy them to send to us. We do not want to receive anything via email, that’s it.
  • At the end of the day, the instructions are more like a guideline for those you have no idea where to start. If you already know how to do the pages, use your best judgment to show your ability. To stress it again, this is not a CONTEST, so there are no “winners” per se. If we find many submissions that strike our fancy, we might offer multiple contracts, but at the same time, there’s no guarantee that any contracts will be offered. It all depends on the quality of the submissions we receive. Please note that we are looking for PROFESSIONAL-level work.
    Thank you!