4-Koma Manga Competition


AnimeGO and JAFA are pleased to announce its first 4-Koma Manga Contest!

​4-Koma manga is a four panel comic strip that traditionally tells a story with a comedic ending.

 4-Koma manga's appear in magazines, newspapers, and many other pop culture publications in japan.

​We encourage students and artists of all ages to apply.

Top twenty entrants will be on display at the AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival on 20 October 2019.

Be sure to read the terms and conditions to be eligible to win!

2019 Theme: Hachiko

Deadline: 11:59pm ACST, August 31st, 2019

Announcement: AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival 2019

20 October 2019 - The Published ArtHouse​


Registration for the 2019 competition is now open!

Please read the latest terms and conditions to ensure your entry will be accepted.



Manga Requirements & Rules

Manga Requirements & Rules

  • The manga must be of a 4-koma (four panel) design.

  • The manga must in some way visibly reference the cultural theme ‘Hachiko’.

  • The manga must be written in English, and can be either colour or black / white.

  • The manga and stories must be of original work. No copyright or fandom material allowed.

  • The manga must be submitted either online (in PDF) or to the nominated PO BOX.

  • For full terms and conditions please click here.

Eligibility of Entry

  • The competition is open to Australia residents aged 14 and older.

  • Entry is open to anyone over the age of 18 years or, if under 18 years, the submission must include written permission from their parent or guardian.

  • Participants can join the competition as an individual or a group of up to 5 people.

  • Participants are allowed to enter both individual and group categories, but must create unique entries for each category entered

Submission Deadline

  • 31 August 2019 (11:59pm Australian Central Standard Time)


  • Late submissions will not be considered. AnimeGO and JAFA are not responsible for any lost, damaged, incomplete or damaged entries



Prize Information


1st Place: $300 + Sponsorship Prize Pack

2nd Place: $100 + Sponsorship Prize Pack

3rd Place: Sponsorship Prize Pack

Audience Award: $100 + Sponsor's Prize Pack*

*to be conducted at the AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival

Read terms & conditions for full prize details


The top 20 4-Koma manga entrants will be on display at the AnimeGo! Festival. One will be chosen by the guests as the Audience Award.

Judging Criterial & Panel

Entries will be judged on the use of the cultural theme and the basis of originality, storytelling, character design, manga artistic ability and style.

JAFA will appoint a judging panel to judge the manga entered in the AnimeGO! 4-Koma Manga Competition. This panel will be comprised of industry professionals and JAFA committee members and others (Panel).


Thank you for your interest in participating in the AnimeGO! 4-Koma Manga Competition.

Unfortunately the deadline for registrations and submissions has passed and we are no longer accepting any further entries.

For any questions, please contact competition@animego.com.au

Thank you for your support and we hope to still see you all at the AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival on October 20, at the Published ArtHouse.




AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival is brought to you by the Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA)