To bridge the gender gap and promote gender diversity, IEEE Women-in-Engineering (WIE) is organizing a story contest. The winners‘ stories will be plotted in the format of Manga comics, which will be socialized with the community through the IEEE WIE Newsletter and website. The Manga plots will be available not only to the IEEE members but also to others and can be used as a tool to engage the younger generation in STEM activities, particularly girls, through IEEE WIE 1000+ Affinity Groups globally.manga winners

 Winning Stories & Their Authors

  1. Riko-Chan and the Perfect Circuit by Laís Baptista
  2. Riko-Chan- Cybersecurity Engineer by Carolyn Sher-DeCusatis
  3. Riko-Chan – Aeronautical Engineer by Carolyn Sher-DeCusatis
  4. Life of Our Beautiful Earth by Maira Ratnarajah
  5. Motion Detected by Denise Griffin
  6. Riko-Chan: The Science Solver by Devidas Kulkarni

Submission Criteria

Theme: The aim of the contest is to encourage the younger generation, particularly girls, to consider a career in STEM and work towards it. The story can be either fiction or non-fiction.

Deadline: 31st May, 2023

Details : Please write a story using the character Rico-Chan in the English language.

Please include the following:

  1. Title
  2. Author contact information: Name & email.
  3. Story – Under 500 words, single-spaced
  4. Manga plot concept (optional)

Eligibility: Please apply as an individual or as a group. At least one representative must be an IEEE member/IEEE student member.


  • Stories must be original.
  • Winning authors must transfer copyright to IEEE for publication.
  • Under 18 years old must have the consent of their parents or guardians when submitting and transferring copyrights.

Selection Criteria: We will select up-to six stories based on how attractive and inspiring the stories are. We will  work with Manga professionals to plot the winning stories in Manga comics (in English).

Manga Story Submission