over$20,000 total in Prize (USD)

Voltage, Inc. is proud to announce that it will be holding its second "Story Writing and Illustration Gran-Prix Contest for its ‘My Romance Series.’"
This contest is a project for finding new talent. We aim to find the next generation of exceptional writers and illustrators.The contest is open to the general public. Awards will be given out in both the scenario and illustration categories. 
Last year, when the contest was held for the first time, Voltage staff were delighted to receive 755 illustration entries and 238 story entries, far more than had been initially expected.This year Voltage will be accepting entries for the newly added International Illustration Section.  Entries from all over the world will be accepted and the winner’s work will be utilized in the North American market at Voltage’s subsidiary, Voltage Entertainment USA Inc.
Voltage hopes to provide creative talents with new opportunities to show their work to a wider audience through its My Romance Series.

We can’t wait to find the next great love story!

Illustration Section

Illustration requirements differ between the Illustration Section and International Illustration Section. Please read the instructions carefully.

  • Illustration Section
    Grand Prize (1) - 500,000 yen Awards for Excellence (3) - 100,000 yen
    Theme  1  Black and white line drawing (two characters) Male characters A and B, as specified below
    • Character Type A : Cool Full body illustration Close-ups with expressions: (1) Troubled, (2) surprised Clothes: Business suit
    • Character Type B : Younger boy Full body illustration Close-ups with expressions: (1) Smiling, (2) angry Clothes: Casual

    Please draw the full body on the left-hand side, and the upper body with specified expressions on the upper and lower right-hand side of a single sheet. Please submit one sheet each for characters A and B.

    Theme  2  Color illustration of the specified scene (one illustration) "The boyfriend embraces the heroine from behind her."

    A background drawing is not required. However, you may include one if you wish to do so.* The background will not be part of the evaluation.

  • International Illustration Section
    Grand Prize (1) - $5,000 yen
    Theme 1 Color illustration Please draw a male character following the specifications listed below
    • Character Type A : Cool Full body illustration Close-ups with expressions: (1) Troubled, (2) surprised Clothes: Business suit

    Please draw the full body on the left-hand side, the upper body shot with specified expressions on the upper and lower right-hand side of a single sheet.

    Theme 2 Color scene (one illustration) "The boyfriend holds the heroine in a tight embrace."

    A background drawing is not required. However, you may include one if you wish to do so. * The background will not be part of the evaluation.

1 Please review the above themes and specifications, and decide whether you will illustrate for the Illustration Section or International Section.
2 Be sure you understand the following warnings.
  • - This contest is restricted to unpublished original work.
  • - Scenarios from other original scripts, works that have been submitted to other contests, etc.
    will not be accepted.
  • - Both professionals and amateurs are welcome.
  • - Other important notes:
  • - Application deadline: 24:00 JST on Mon., September 30, 2013.
  • (1) All the copyrights (including the rights prescribed in Article 27 and Article 28 of the Copyright Act) of the entered works of winners will belong to Voltage.
  • (2) In this contest, personal information collected from applicants and users is used within the limits required for the following purposes and will not be provided to any third parties other than a member of the selection committee. a. Application confirmation contact, b. Selection, c. Announcement of finalists, d. Contact and award announcement
    Please contact the "Story Writing and Illustration Gran-Prix contest for ‘My Romance Series’” selection committee to specify or correct personal information.
  • (3) We cannot reply to inquiries concerning the selection process and results.
3 Please create an illustration according to the themes detailed above.

Although hand-drawings are accepted, we cannot accept applications received physically (i.e. through postal mail services). Please send scanned drawings by electronic means. Image format: JPG
Picture size: A4 vertical (350dpi)
Resolution: vertical 4,093px, horizontal 2,894px or less
File volume: One file must be no greater than 2MB
Please specify your pen name in the lower right of all illustrations.

  • Pen Name
  • Pen Name
4 When you have finished creating an illustration, please apply using the application form.

Please attach your work to the application form, fill in the necessary information, and submit the application.
Please note that the address for submissions differs between the Illustration Section and the International Illustration Section.
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address entered in the application form. Please make sure that you receive this e-mail; if you do not, this means your application may not have been received.

5 Please wait till the award announcement in December.
  • - The award will be announced in December.
  • - After careful selection by the members of the selection committee, award candidates will be contacted at the e-mail address submitted to the secretariat of the contest.
  • - Please understand that only finalists will be contacted.
  • - Please understand that we cannot reply to any inquiry about the reasons why an illustration did not receive an award.
  • - Please check this site. The latest information concerning the prize will be announced here.
Your illustrations can steal the hearts of women all over the world. We can’t wait to see your work!