Dengeki Novel Prize

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The Dengeki Novel Prize (電撃小説大賞 Dengeki Shōsetsu Taishō?) is a literary award handed out annually (since 1994) by the Japanese publisher ASCII Media Works (formerly MediaWorks) for their Dengeki Bunko light novel imprint. The contest has discovered many popular and successful light novelists, like Kouhei Kadono and Yashichiro Takahashi. Originally called the Dengeki Game Novel Prize, the name was changed in 2003. The main Dengeki Novel Prize awards consist of the Grand Prize (¥3 million), Gold Prize (¥1 million) and Silver Prize (¥500,000). In addition to the money received, the winning novelists get their work published under Dengeki Bunko with the addition of an artist for the illustrated aspects of the light novels. However, if an entry is awarded the Media Works Bunko Prize, the winning novel will be published under ASCII Media Works' Media Works Bunko imprint, along with the author winning ¥1 million.[1] Often, the name of the novel series is changed from what it was originally titled when it won the prize. There are over 6,500 submissions annually since 2013, and it is considered the largest prize for light novels.[2]

Committee members[edit]

  • Hitoshi Yasuda: Novelist, translator
  • Mishio Fukazawa: Novelist
  • Kyōichirō Takahata: Novelist
  • Tatsuo Satō: The former board chairman of MediaWorks
  • Kazutomo Suzuki: The managing editor of Dengeki Bunko

Prizes[edit]

Prizes Awards
(1994–2012)
Awards
(2013 on)
Grand Prize[A] ¥1 million ¥3 million
Gold Prize[A] ¥500,000 ¥1 million
Silver Prize[A] ¥300,000 ¥500,000
Media Works Bunko Prize[D] ¥500,000 ¥1 million
Dengeki Bunko Magazine Prize[C] ¥200,000 ¥300,000
Honorable Mention[B]
¥50,000

Participant numbers[edit]

Year Participants
1994 656
1995 566
1996 953
1997 869
1998 996
1999 1,326
2000 1,469
2001 1,647
2002 2,080
2003 2,015
2004 2,603
2005 3,022
2006 2,931
2007 2,943
2008 3,541
2009 4,602
2010 4,842
2011 5,293
2012 6,078
2013 6,554

Prize winners[edit]

# Year Grand Prize Gold Prize Silver Prize  
01 1994 Gorei Tōshi Ōki Den Gorei Tōshi Genrin!
Hiroyuki Domon
Criss Cross: Konton no Maoh
Kyoichiro Takahata
Bōken Phoniness Amurafi - Kaijin Doramu no Hiho
Yuji Nakasato
 
Kumo Yuki Ayashi, Ame ni Naran ya
Ryosuke Tsubota
02 1995 Blackrod
Hideyuki Furuhashi
Not awarded Yamai wa Chikara: Special Man
Naohiro Narishige
 
Koseki Gakari no Yūutsu
Ari Kayamoto
03 1996 Not awarded Panzer Polis 1935
Minoru Kawakami
Horogram Seed
Ayato Miyabi
 
Naniwa Sōsinki
Jiro Kurifu
Dark Eyes
Saya Amo
04 1997 Boogiepop[3]
Kouhei Kadono
Nekome Gari
Tsumugu Hashimoto
Boku no Chi o Suwanaide
Taro Achi
 
05 1998 Grand Prize Gold Prize Silver Prize Honorable Mention
Not awarded Gakuen Bugeicho 'Tsuki ni Waraku'
Nobutaka Shirai
Called Gehenna
Gakuto Mikumo
Tsuki to Anata ni Hanataba o
Kazuya Shimura
Gimmick Heart
Jun Nanami
06 1999 Ringtail Kachi Ikusa no Kimi
Muku Maruyama
Double Breed
Erika Nakamura
Wakagusa Yakyubu Kyosokyoku Submarine Girl
Ginga Isshiki
Not awarded
07 2000 Not awarded Tengoku ni Namida wa Iranai
Kei Sato
Wizard's Brain
Reiichi Saegusa
Ōdo Rakuga
Akihiko Odo
Onmyo no Miyako
Soichiro Watase
Tenken Ohki
Miwa Choshiro
08 2001 Daito Fūnki: Rakuyo no Shōjo
Tosei Tamura
Not awarded Akuma no Mikata
Hisamitsu Ueo
A/B Extreme CASE-314 Emperor
Yashichiro Takahashi
Infinity Zero: Fuyu~white snow
Mamizu Arisawa
Kyuketsuki no Oshigoto: The Style of Vampires
Suzu Suzuki
09 2002 Kiri: Shishatachi wa Koya ni Nemuru
Yukako Kabei
Nanahime Monogatari
Wataru Takano
Not awarded Sharp Edge - stand on the edge
Shinichi Sakairi
Baccano!: The Rolling Bootlegs
Ryohgo Narita
Sylph Night
Junichi Kamino
10 2003 Shio no Machi: Wish on My Precious
Hiro Arikawa
Wagaya no Oinari-sama.
Jin Shibamura
Sempai to Boku
Masashi Okita
Kekkaishi no Fugue
Hazuki Minase
Shupuru no Ohanashi: Grandpa's Treasure Box
Aki Amamiya
11 2004 Ruka: Rakuen no Torawarebitotachi
Hirotaka Nanae
Hikari no Machi: nerim's note
Masashi Hasegawa
Kiseki no Hyogen
Mitsutaka Yuki
Serious Rage
Toshiyuki Shirakawa
12 2005 Orusu Banshee
Masatake Ogawa
Kanashimi Chimera
Rei Rairaku
Spice and Wolf
Isuna Hasekura
Tenshi no Recipe
Makura Otogi
Hime no Miko
Hikaru Sugii
13 2006 Mimizuku to Yoru no Ō
Izuki Kogyoku
Sekai Heiwa wa Ikka Danran no Ato ni
Kazuya Hashimoto
Natsuki Fullswing: Ketsubatto Onna
Warau Natsuki, Hideto Kido
Not awarded
Tobira no Soto
Shinjirō Dobashi
14 2007 Hōkago Hyakumonogatari
Hirokazu Minemori
Kimi no Tame no Monogatari
Marehito Mikagami
Ikai Nostalgia
Kazuaki Sena
Hazakura ga Kita Natsu
Kōji Natsumi
Oshikake Ragnarok
Hyōsuke Takatō
# Year Grand Prize Gold Prize Silver Prize Dengeki Bunko Magazine Prize Honorable Mention
15 2008 Accel World
Reki Kawahara
Parallel Lovers
Tōka Shigatsu
Tokyo Vampire Finance
Junjō Shindō
Gankyū Kitan
Tomo Takaha
Kataribe Jinei
Kōzaburō Yamaguchi
Ro-Kyu-Bu!
Sagu Aoyama
Sukima Onna (Habahiro)
Hideto Maruyama
# Year Grand Prize Gold Prize Silver Prize Media Works Bunko Prize Dengeki Bunko Magazine Prize Honorable Mention
16 2009 Bakumatsu Mahōshi: Mage Revolution
Sōji Tanabu
Vandal Garōgai no Kiseki
Mamoru Minagawa
Goshujin-san & Maid-sama: Tō-san Kaa-san, Uchi no Maid wa Zu ga Takai to Okorimasu
Mudai Enokizu
(Ei) Amrita
Mado Nozaki
Seiren Sangokushi
Shūniko Nana
Natsu Koi Shigure
Jun Ayasaki
Taiyō no Akubi
Kaoru Arima
Sora no Kanata
Manabi Hishida
17 2010 Shirokuro Nekuro
Ryōto Takama
Seishun Lariat!!
Takamaru Semikawa
Hataraku Maō-sama!
Satoshi Wakabara
Gyogan Lens
Natsu Asaba
See-through!?
Ifusei Amou
Not awarded
Idolising!
Sakaki Hirozawa
Anti-literal Sūgaku
Yagi Uzuki
Ocharake!
Kuchibaya
Ten'i no Nyōbō
Mutsue Nakamachi
18 2011 Escape Speed
Nozomu Kuoka
Anata no Machi no Toshi Denki!
Shibai Kineko
Wizard & Warrior With Money
Ghost Mikawa
Shinryaku Kyōshi Seijin UMA
Edward Smith
Ashita kara Orera ga Yatte Kita
Rin Takaki
Minutes: Ichi Bunkan de Sekai o Horobosu Hōhō ni Tsuite
Yomoji Kiono
Yūsha ni wa Katenai
Shirō Kuta
Yamabiko no Iru Mado
Nariko Narita
19 2012 Kijikakushi no Niwa
Mina Sakurai
Ashita, Boku wa Shinu. Kimi wa Ikikaeru.
Maru Fuji
Tokyo Soul Withers
Nekotarō Aizen
Tamayura Toori Rinshitsu Yokochō Kana Hyōgu Ten
Naoki Gyōda
Shitsuren Tantei Hyakuse
Saginomiya Misaki
Summer Lancer
Natsuki Amasawa
Hello, Mr. Magnum
Matsuri Akaneya
Eco to Tōru to Bukatsu no Jikan
Kokkuri Yanagida
20 2013 Zero kara Hajimeru Mahō no Sho
Koketa Kobashiri
In ga Orinasu Shōkan Mahō
Kimidori
Ōte Keika Tori!
Yūichi Aoba
World of Words: Kami wa Sekai o Kijutsu Suru
Minato Jūsan
Kyūshoku Sōdatsusen
Azumi
Mizuki Shigeko-san to Musubaremashita
Masaru Masaka
Hakata Tonkatsu Ramens
Saki Kizaki
San-nen B-gumi Nakazaki-kun (kari)
Hiroshi Ogawa
Hōkago Waisetsu Kurabu
Keishun Akizaka

Notes[edit]

  • A The Grand, Gold, and Silver Prizes were originally the only three prizes offered for the first four rounds between 1994 and 1997.
  • B Honorable mentions were added with the fifth round in 1998 and were originally called the "Special Prize". In the seventh round in 2000, the prize was renamed as "Honorable Mention".
  • C The Dengeki Bunko Magazine Prize was added with the fifteenth round in 2008.
  • D The Media Works Bunko Prize was added with the sixteenth round in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "メディアワークス文庫" [Media Works Bunko] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved December 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Dengeki Novel Prize's official website" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Seven Seas Licenses Boogiepop". Mania.com. 2005-10-31. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 

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