Silent Manga Audition 16

Submission is open for Silent Manga Audition (SMA) 16! Apply now!

Silent Manga Audition is the competition for MANGA without dialogue, which puts emphasis on the character’s emotions. By doing this, “MANGA” will become the common international language everybody understands. Over 120 countries have joined the audition collectively, submitting over 8000 works from elementary school students to illustrators and even professional mangaka. Every type of creator and artist can join this audition.

This year SMA16 theme is- MOMENTS OF FEAR, JOY AND LOVE. Moments of FEAR, JOY and LOVE can elicit a huge array of emotional responses. Numerous scenes of drama, tension or happiness are at your fingertips when encapsulating one of these “moments”. A huge element of manga is effectively illustrating facial expressions in the most extreme of circumstances, and each of these “moments” will give you ample opportunity to do just that!

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SMA16 wants to see a short, dialogue-free manga that encompasses ONE of these key emotional representations. Let your imagination run wild with stories of any genre that utilizes fear, joy or love as its core. As always, the legendary SMA judges will evaluate your artistic skills, your ability to build drama with an effective climactic twist, and your paneling/directorial skills. The works will be judged mainly on- the creator’s ability to direct an effective narrative through an entertaining story. As a creator, your story should be able to ignite your reader’s imagination! The Audition Judges assess each entry for its message and how it makes the reader feel within a short, limited number of pages. There are no limitations to what you can draw, as long as it’s an original creation that perfectly captures the theme. Study the theme and create an entertaining and easy-to-understand manga.

Audition Rules:

  • NO DIALOGUE: tell your story through images alone.
  • Manuscript: Reading order from the right to left, monochrome only.
  • Number of pages: 5 – 17 pages
  • Page file size: Not to exceed 2MB
  • Genre: Any genre.
  • NO plagiarism; nudity; explicit violence, or material that is likely to cause offense.




The SILENT MANGA AUDITION isn’t just a manga competition, it’s a gateway to-

  • Your potential Japanese manga debut
  • You will be invited to join the SMA MasterClass where dedicated team of editors will help improve your abilities for a potential debut through a series of exclusive opportunities.
  • Awarded with prize money-
    • Grand Prize – ¥500,000
    • Grand Prize Runner-Up – ¥300,000
    • Excellence Award- ¥100,000
    • Excellence Runner-Up – ¥30,000
    • Honourable Mention – ¥10,000


SMAC invites the whole world to show their talent. Only should either of the following circumstances apply to a submission, it will be disqualified:

  • Your submission was already submitted to another manga contest, or was otherwise already published or used.
  • Your submission belongs to, or in some way infringes on the rights/profits of or defames, a third party.
Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

Just 3 easy steps to enter-

  1. Check details on SMAC website
  2. Draw your Silent Manga
  3. Upload Manga via entry portal

Submission is an online process. You have to create an account to upload your manga. To start the application please click on Apply Now.

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Application Deadline: June 28, 2021

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