J-Novel Club Announces the JNC Original Light Novel Contest!

Want to get your original light novel published by J-Novel Club? Now is your chance!

(Los Angeles, California – July 1, 2023) – J-Novel Club is excited to announce that they will be hosting the JNC Original Light Novel Contest. This new contest was announced exclusively at Anime Expo during their industry panel. A webpage has been set up for interested contestants to find more details and to sign up for a mailing list that will notify them when submissions are open.

This new contest has several prize tiers including:

  • Grand Prize of $15,000 with a Manga Adaptation by Kadokawa
  • First Prizes of $3,000 each
  • Runner-Up Prizes of $1,000 each
  • BOOK☆WALKER Prize of $2,500
  • In addition, all award winners will receive cover and internal artwork created, alongside digital publication by J-Novel Club.

Submissions are scheduled to open in Early August, with a final submission deadline of January 31, 2024. Submitted works must be in English. More details, FAQ, and the submission opening notification mailing list signup can be found on a special J-Novel Club webpage.

J-Novel Club, BOOK☆WALKER, and Kadokawa look forward to seeing which contestant will submit the next hit light novel!

About J-Novel Club

J-Novel Club (JNC), a Kadokawa group company, is responsible for some of the best English-language production of Japanese light novel content worldwide. It prides itself on high-quality books in digital and print, curated close to Japan’s own production timelines, providing weekly digital output of light novels and manga in parts, as whole eBooks, for rental, and more. JNC is responsible for bringing English-speaking audiences titles like Ascendence of a Bookworm, In Another World With My Smartphone, Full Metal Panic!, and Slayers. Providing the best reading experience in digital and in print for the fan community is at JNC’s heart.


BOOK☆WALKER Global is an eBook store for worldwide audiences that launched in October 2015. There are over 35,000 English light novels and manga being offered from publishers like KADOKAWA, Yen Press, J-Novel Club, Kodansha Comics, Seven Seas Entertainment, and more.

“Our mission is to bring Japanese publishing to the world faster, with more variety. We strive to create worldwide hits simultaneously, not just in Japan.”

With this motto in mind, the service not only offers eBooks, but it has also been made a priority to
expand the catalog with audiobooks and plan promotions that are catered to international audiences. Visit the site at: https://global.bookwalker.jp

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