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For all comic creators in The Mary Sue’s midst, digital comics service LINE Webtoon announced a Sci-fi contest yesterday designed to give contestants an opportunity to publish and publicize original work.

LINE Webtoon launched in the US in 2014, but has an over ten-year history in Korea. A press release explains:

The Science Fiction Comics Contest is a global competition that was created to celebrate unknown and up-and-coming comic artists. A grand prize winner will win $30,000 and the second place winner will receive $10,000. Both winning artists, along with the third and fourth place winners, will also have the opportunity to become paid, featured LINE Webtoon artists.

To enter, artists over the age of fourteen can upload at least three episodes of an original digital comic directly to the contest’s entry page. All entries must be in English. Throughout the contest, content will be judged based on reader popularity and audience engagement as well as evaluations by LINE Webtoon staff for creativity, originality, and the artist’s ability to publish digital comics on a weekly basis. The Science Fiction Comics Contest is free to enter through July 7, 2015. After the Preliminaries, the contest asks qualifying contestants to continue through the finals with four rounds, during which time they must update their comic with one new chapter per week. The winner will be announced on August 5, 2015.

JunKoo Kim, Director and Head of the LINE Webtoon Division, says sci-fi offers contestants an opportunity for unparalleled creativity:

Science Fiction, as both the broadest and fastest-growing area in comics and entertainment, is a natural fit as the genre for our second comics contest. As a framework, Science Fiction offers artists a broad space for creativity and experimentation, while also setting general expectations for the audience so that they are able to critically examine each digital comic.

What do you think, team? Are you familiar with LINE Webtoon? Will you try your hand at entering?

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