Light Novel

First Volume of the Hit Japanese Fantasy Fiction Series Makes U.S. Debut March 2007

Los Angeles, CA (January 17, 2007)- Leading youth-oriented publisher TOKYOPOP is pleased to unveil for the first-time ever in English the best-selling hit Japanese novel series The Twelve Kingdoms, the latest addition to the company's rapidly growing line of serialized youth novels, releasing under the company's Pop Fiction banner.

Read More »

According to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Shogakukan and Sony Pictures Entertainment and others have announced plans to explore the light novel market aimed at people between 10 to 20 years old. While Shogakukan will be officially entering the light novel market this spring, Sony Pictures plans to tap into the large pool of new writers who write using their cell phone.

Read More »

A new light novel label from Enterbrain called B's-LOG Bunko will start next month (14/10/2006). This label will be aimed at female audience, and there will be BL light novels published under this label.

The first issue of a new monthly Light Novel magazine called Novel Japan was released by Hobby Japan on 9/9.

Source: ANN

LOS ANGELES, September 13, 2006) ??? Seven Seas Entertainment announced today the launch of its all-new "Light Novel" imprint. Light novels, as they are known in Japan, are a new form of prose fiction geared towards young adults and the manga-reading audience. The imprint will feature a distinctive and innovative trim size of 10.5cm x 15cm (approx. 4.1" x 5.9") that will be instantly identifiable along with an iconic feather logo that will represent the Light Novel line. What's more, all of Seven Seas' Light Novel titles will carry an affordable cover price of $7.95 each.

Read More »

Shogakugan is planning to start 2 lines of light novels in Fall 2007:

Gagaga - Shounen light novels

Lululu - Shoujo light novels

The official site can be found at Currently Shogakugan is seeking submission for the "1st Shogakugan Annual Light Novel Prix".