MyAnimeList to Hold 2nd English Web Novel Contest


MyAnimeList has announced that it will hold its 2nd English web novel writing contest titled “I Was Browsing MAL as Usual Then I Realized My Web Novel Could Become Manga” or simply “MAL x Honeyfeed Writing Contest (2022).” The three prompt boards for this round will be School, Rom-Com, and Cyberpunk. There will be a US$3,000 prize for each prompt board, for a total prize pool of US$9,000. The contest will start on June 1, 2022, and the winning entries will be announced in December 2022.

The contest will be held in collaboration with Honeyfeed, an English web novel community operated by qdopp, Inc., and winning entries will be chosen by a panel of judges and a user vote. Winning entries will also be reviewed by Kodansha Ltd. for possible publication and/or comicalization.

This contest was inspired by the voices of international anime fans on MyAnimeList. Many anime fans feel that only Japanese-authored works have a realistic chance of becoming anime, while foreign-authored works stand little to no chance. This contest was created as a stepping stone to fulfilling that dream of someday having one’s ideas made into an anime in Japan.

This contest will also contribute to spreading Japan’s anime culture even further and deeper than ever before. We believe there is a need to create an ecosystem where overseas anime fans can not only watch finished products but also contribute to the anime creation process.

MyAnimeList’s mission is to create a place where anime and manga fans from all over the world can gather every day, and we are constantly developing our services to meet the needs of overseas users who love Japanese anime and manga. We are not content with the status quo and will continue pushing the envelope to expand our user base.

Contest Schedule (may be subject to change)

Entry Period: June 1 to September 1, 2022

Judges Voting Period: September 2 to November 2, 2022

Public Voting Period (Finals): November 3 to November 30, 2022

Winner Announced: December 12, 2022

Winners of the 1st English Web Novel Contest

1st Place: Realm Assassin by Pearlyn Mirabella 

2nd Place: The Consequence of Saving the World by Harmonica

3rd Place: The Sequence of Kai by Oscar H.M.

MyAnimeList is one of the world’s largest anime and manga communities, with comprehensive databases maintained by its passionate userbase. The website allows members to track their viewing progress, rate and discuss titles, write reviews, and discover new works through various community-driven features. With over 18 million monthly active users from more than 230 different countries and regions, MyAnimeList is an essential resource for international anime and manga fan.

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Writing Platform: Honeyfeed

Voting Platform: MyAnimeList

Source: Press Release