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Yen Press Seeks Fresh Talent for Yen Plus Serialization

Early September  marked the first issue of Yen Plus in its digital format for subscribers. For only $2.99 a month – which is set up via PayPal – readers now have access to that month’s issue, which also now includes new chapters of K-on and Yotsuba&! (which was reason enough for me to subscribe right off the bat).

In their first issue they also officially launched their search for new talent to be potential new additions to the monthly magazine. At their request, information was kept off other sites to give subscribers the early-bird advantage. As of today however, the information for their New Talent Search has been posted publicly on Yen Press’s site so now all interested and qualifying artists can read the details.

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“…we’re finally introducing our New Talent Search! I know many of you out there have waiting for this, so I hope all the apisiring artists are eager to show off their skills. Additional details can be found (below), but here’s a tip: make sure to show your work to the people around you and get as much feedback as possible to help you finish your story. Having as many “readers” as possible is the key to honing your ability. We can’t wait to see your work! (Ah, and course our search for professional artists continues too!)”

– JuYoun Lee

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Are you an aspiring artist looking to make your debut? YEN PLUS is pleased to announce its long-anticipated NEW TALENT SEARCH!!!

Who is eligible: Any artist who has NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED may enter.

What to send: Create a 32-page short story using the page parameters* below:
Size of each page of printed digital art should be 7 inches wide by 10 3/8 inches tall. The live area of each page is 4 5/8 inches by 1 1/8 inches (that is, 1 3/8 inches from the edger of the page). Please keep panels and “important art” within this live area. As long as these proportions are maintained, you may size your pages as you wish.

Deadline: January 3, 2011
If you submission catches our eye, you may receive a contract for publication in YEN PLUS!

Please send your completed short story to:

via e-mail to
OR by mail
Attn: New Talent Search
237 Park Ave. 13-114
New York, NY 10017

Please do not send original art as no art will be returned. We will not be able to respond or provide feedback on all inquiries. If we are interested in your submission, we will contact you. Please do not attempt to contact the editors directly.


* An image of the layout requirements can be seen on Yen Press’s Talent Search page.

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While this submission call is for never-before-published artists only, Yen Press’s regular submission call remains open and available to read on their website as well.

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.

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  1. […] of swag. And though not really a contest but still for the artistically-inclined, a reminder that Yen Press’s current talent search is still on-going with a deadline of January 3, […]

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