mal writing contest 2023

What started as a collaboration in 2021 has now returned in 2023 to continue bringing opportunities for writers around the globe. The winners of the contest will have the chance to see their work adapted into a light novel or manga, to be published in Japan by Kodansha. So, if you've been dreaming of having your work adapted into an anime or manga, now is your chance to make it happen. And who knows? Maybe your work will be the next big thing in the world of anime and manga!

This year's prompt is "Wholesome Romance from the Male Point of View." Writers will choose between two subplots: Isekai or Present-day, each with two themes to select from. The Isekai subplot themes are Role Playing Game (RPG) or High Fantasy, while the Present-day subplot themes are Teenage Love or Chance Encounter.

This is the chance for anime fans with a passion for writing to showcase their talent and get published in Japan.

Vote for your favorite novels on November 3rd via MyAnimeList mobile app!

Curious to see what our 2022 MAL x HF Writing Contest was about?

Check out our 2022 archive page