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Space Scoop Comic Contest is Now Underway

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Extension of the Deadline (August 16, 2016)

The deadline is extended to 23:59 JST, October 31, 2016 (14:59 UTC, October 31, 2016) if you are planning to submit your entry in Japanese.

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The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is one of the supporters of Space Scoop, Astro-news for children. Now, an international comic contest based on the Space Scoop articles is underway for children from 8 to 18 years old. The deadline is 23:59 JST, October 31, 2016 (14:59 UTC, October 31, 2016) if you are planning to submit your entry in Japanese. Why don’t you create an original comic?

Space Scoop provides the latest discoveries at astronomical observatories and research institutes around the world as kid-friendly stories. The news is originally written in English and translated into more than 30 languages, including Japanese. Space Scoop is one of the projects of Universe Awareness (UNAWE), an astronomy program to educate and inspire young children. UNAWE started in 2007 and celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year.

The Space Scoop Comic Contest is one of the UNAWE 10th anniversary events. Children can select their favorite Space Scoop articles and create their own original short comics. The comic template can be downloaded at the contest international site or the official site of Japan. The artwork can be created by hand with colored pencils, chalks, etc.; or with computer software. Entries written in Japanese must be submitted to the National Contest Organizer (NCO) of Japan. If you draw a comic in another language, please find an appropriate NCO at the contest international site.

Each child can submit one entry by e-mail or via post. A comic must be original and a previously published work cannot be accepted. The entries will not be returned to the senders.

A winner will be selected for each age category (8-11 years, 12-15 years, and 16-18 years) in each participating country. An overall, international winner will be selected for each age category from among the national winners. The overall winners will receive a prize and the national winners in Japan will also receive a prize.

The details can be found at the following websites.