December 1, 2014 – Anime Scenario Award
On the first day of the last month of the 2014 year, Shonen Jump+ and Animax officially opened submissions to their Anime Scenario Award, a contest “to find the next generation of anime writing talent”. With three rounds of judging, two preliminary and one final, entries are evaluated for up to nine months, in which the grand-prize winner is crowned in August 2015 by final judges Akatsuki Akira, artist of Medaka Box (though I know as much as the next person why an artist is judging for a writing contest), and the editor-in-chief of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and is awarded two-million yen (about $17,000 USD) as well as a manga adaptation in Shueisha‘s Shonen Jump+ digital manga service and an anime adaptation handled by Animax Broadcast Japan. While the contest regulations are quite lenient, with the flexible theme of “your original scenario in the image of Shonen Jump“, it is unfortunately restricted to the Japanese language (it sure makes me wish I had accelerated my study of the language). That being said, the opportunity is well worth the prerequisite; many would be vying for any position on an anime production’s staff listing, but this is a chance to obtain original series creator credit on both a manga and anime adaptation in one fell swoop, not to mention the generous sum of prize money.