Let's COPIC!

We are holding the annual COPIC AWARD to spread the joy of creativity with Copic and provide an opportunity to showcase your artistic expression to our global art community.

Within this global platform, we connect in a collective creative experience and synergize by learning from each other. Grab your markers, start bringing color to your ideas, and inspire others with your entry at COPIC AWARD.

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What is Copic?

Copic is a brand of professional quality markers founded in 1987 by the Too Group in Tokyo, Japan. Our durable graphic markers are alcohol-based, refillable and available in various designs and in 358 colors to suit individual needs.

About Copic


Grand Prize(1 Entry)

Cash Prize of US $3,000
A full set of 358 Copic Sketch markers in a specially made acrylic case, trophy and more.

Second place(2 Entries)

Cash Prize of US $1000
A full set of 358 Copic Sketch markers in a specially made acrylic case, trophy and more.

Future Generation Art Prize(Youth Award): Grand Prize (1 Entry)

A full set of 358 Copic Sketch markers in a specially made acrylic case.
*Winner will be selected from applicants 18 years of age or younger at the time of entry.

Judges’ Awards(5 Entries)

Special Edition Copic Set and with an autograph of one of the judges, trophy and more.

Future Generation Art Prize (U-18 Award): Special Prize(100 Entries)

Special 2022 edition Copic set.
*Winners will be selected from applicants 18 years of age or younger at the time of entry.

pixiv Award(1 Entry)

Copic Sketch 72 colors set, free 12-month subscription to pixiv premium, an exclusive interview on pixivision, and pixiv's art book "2022 ILLUSTRATORS BOOK"

Social Media Award(1 Entry)

A full set of 180 Copic Ciao markers.

Special Award Selected by Too Corporation Americas(1 Entry)

Copic Sketch 72 colors set and Copic Airbrushing System.

Regional awards(5 Entries)

Copic Sketch 72 colors set.

Kids Award (3 Entries)

A full 180 colors set of Copic Ciao.

Alcohol Ink Art Award(1 Entry)

Copic Ink 100 colors set in a specially made acrylic case.
Judge: Astuary Art by Marissa Recker

Craft Award(1 Entry)

Copic Sketch 72 colors set and Copic Airbrushing System.




In 2018, Ichijo began working as an illustrator. Her illustrations are featured in books, advertisements, and package design. Using techniques rooted in printing technology to explore color expression, she builds bold images of female figures with a fresh, contemporary pop aesthetic. She chooses not to draw their faces, freeing the characters from judgment based on shifting beauty standards.



Nezu worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as a designer before starting his own design firm Znug Design in 2005. He has been involved in the development of the zecOO electric motorcycle, LOVOT family robot, Toyota concept car, Thermos portable mug, and many other products. Nezu is also a jury member for the Good Design Award 2014-2021 and has written many books on design and communications.


Associate Professor of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music / Artist

Oshimoto is an associate professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts/Department of Design, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He is also active as an artist in solo and group exhibitions.



Kimura has been a Curator at Yokohama Museum of Art since 2000 and worked as curatorial head for Yokohama Triennale 2020. Research interest areas include contemporary art, sculpture, photography and video art, experimental art, performance, and contemporary cultural theory.
Recent curated exhibitions include "HANRAN: 20th-Century Japanese Photography" held at the National Gallery of Canada in 2019. (Photo credit: Kato Hajime)


Manga Artist

Suetsugu is a famous Japanese manga artist most known for her hit manga Chihayafuru, published by Kodansha. As of September 2021, 47 volumes of the Chihayafuru series have been published, with more than 27 million copies sold. The series has also been adapted into a TV anime and live-action film trilogy. She debuted in 1992 in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine with Taiyo no Romance. She won Manga Taisho Award in 2009 for Chihayafuru, and in 2011 she won the 35th Kodansha Manga Award, Shojo (girls) category.


How to Apply for COPIC AWARD 2022

APPLICATION PERIOD July 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. - September 15, 2022 at 23:59 p.m.(Japan Time)
*Please be advised in advance that the application period may be extended.
  • There are no restrictions for nationality, age, experience, residence area, etc. Applicants must be individual artists, not groups.
  • Entry is limited to artworks which have not already been made public either though another competition or an exhibition (excluding personal exhibition or own social media pages).
  • Your artwork must have been created using Copic products.
  • The artwork should be no larger than L (Length) 420mm x W (Width) 297mm x D (Depth) 300mm and weigh no more than 5kg.
    L420mm x W297mm is equivalent to the international paper size A3. There is no restriction on the orientation of length and width.
    Not only paintings or drawings, but three-dimensional works are also welcome. The base material does not have to be paper, but the use of fragile materials such as ceramic or glass is prohibited.
  • No categories, no specific theme – we’ve purposely kept this broad to encourage imagination!
  • Only one piece of artwork may be submitted per person.
  1. Register for the AWARD and submit your entry by clicking on the ENTRY button. Your entry will be open to the public after it has been reviewed to ensure that it meets the AWARD requirements.
  2. Each entry is considered and scored on the AWARD's criteria, then the finalists will be decided by the judges.
  3. Judges review all shortlisted artworks and select winners of the Grand Prize, Judges' awards and other special prizes.
  4. Winners will be announced on
  • Any entry infringing on intellectual property rights or copyrights of the others (e.g. plagiarism, imitation) will be disqualified.
  • By entering the AWARD, you agree to grant the organizers reproduction rights over your entry, including to create a catalogue, archive the images of submitted artworks and publicise artworks online and in any other form of communication chosen by the organizers.
  • All applicants under the age of 13 require the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
  • COPIC AWARD 2022 Application Rules

申請指南 (繁體字)
Application guidelines (CT)
응모 요강 (한국어)
Application guidelines (Korean)



  • STEP1


    Register for the AWARD and submit your entry by clicking from the ENTRY form. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully in advance.

  • STEP2

    Submission of Entry

    Only one piece of entry may be submitted per person. 3 still image files of the same entry can be submitted.

  • STEP3


    If you are a Registered Applicant, you can SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY or EDIT PERSONAL INFO on PERSONAL PROFILE page. After you send REQUEST FOR PUBLIC OPENING, we will review whether your entry is appropriate for public opening. If it meets the requirements of Application Rules, the images of your entry will be open to the public on the AWARD website.

Social Media Award

Follow COPIC AWARD account (@copic_award) first. An image of entry must be posted by an AWARD participant by him/herself, with the following hashtags included in the caption: #copicaward2022 and/or #copicaward_insta


Can I use art mediums other than Copic?
Yes. You can use any other art mediums (such as acrylic, watercolors, colored pencils or ink), but the majority of your artwork must be created with Copic products (e.g. markers, Multiliner pens, etc.). 
What is the maximum size my artwork can be?
The size of actual works should be within L420mm x W297mm x D300mm, with the weight of 5kg or less, or within L24" x W18" x D12", with the weight of 11 pounds or less.
What format should I submit my entry in and what is the maximum file size?
Three still image files of the same artwork can be submitted. Images must be uploaded as jpg format. Maximum size of each file must be no larger than 5MB.
I don't have a scanner. Can I use my camera instead?
Yes, but we need a good quality photo for judging your artwork so please ensure you use a high-quality camera.
Can I send my work by mail or via email?
No. You can only submit your entry through the COPIC AWARD official website. No other method of application will be accepted. Do not send actual artwork.