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Survivor Slaughter: Which web novel do you want to read as manga?

We have 10 semi-finalist novels from the MAL x Honeyfeed Writing Contest waiting for your vote! Try them out and let us know which ones you want to see brought to life as published manga.

by MAL_editing_team
Oct 10, 6:04 PM | 5,707 views

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MyAnimeList is collaborating with Honeyfeed to help aspiring overseas novelists realize their dream of being published—and debut with their very own manga in Japan! Writers had two short months to write the first volumes for their web novels. Our judges then narrowed down all eligible novels into the best 10 for each prompt.

Try out these semi-finalist novels and let us know which you want to see brought to life as published manga. Voting periods are only a week long for each story prompt, so taste test them all: you can always read the rest of the story later.

Timeline
• Impossible Romance: Round 1
• Survivor Slaughter: Round 2
• My New Life As A...: Round 3
• When the Clock Strikes Midnight: Round 4
• Who Needs Plot: Round 5


How to Vote


You can vote for as many as novels you like.

Novels can be read on any device, but votes must be cast using the official MyAnimeList app on a mobile device. After installing the app, open the Profile Menu and tap Vote! Writing Contest. Alternatively, you can tap the icon on the top right of the Home tab.

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Here are the semi-finalists in Survivor Slaughter!

REALM ASSASSIN


Novel1All she knew was what she saw - grass that turned into blades, and flower petals into bombs.

It was called Plant Weaponry.

Just like the many things that came out of the devastating explosion 20 years ago. An infamous scientist had rewritten the fabric of reality, introducing a set of realms dominated by monsters.

Created as a battle android, Dolly must seek out the scientist who caused it all. But her journey is far from the expected, fraught with fragile humanity under despair, for her reality took an unexpected turn.

Betrayal. How does that feel?

Themes: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Plot-Twist, Action, Monster

by Pearlyn.M (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

An action-packed adventure of an android and her human partner. Very emotional at times, maybe even romantic. The action is good, extensive and very descriptive; kind of reminded me of DC comic fights with a dash of anime fights~ It starts slow, a lot of talking at first, but the calm, chatty parts don't contrast with the action in a negative way. And it has great characters: the MC kicks ass and it has fantastic villain monsters, definitely spooky.


The Hands of Time


Novel2Kurt has lived his entire life in the underground, in terror of the time-devouring Chronids. When running away is no longer an option, he's forced to choose the path of revenge in order to save mankind and reclaim the surface.

Themes: War, Post-Apocalyptic, Shounen, Survival, Action

by Theotakuexhibition


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Reader's Comment

This low-key kind of reminded me of Gurren Lagann with the underground setting, though definitely this web novel is a bit more apocalyptic. The writing and story were engaging and well done in overall. It was easy to read and understand, while also maintaining a level of complexity that made the plot feel dramatic and exciting!


Six


Novel3Six soldiers entered into a realm of shadows but only one survived. Aystaria Pynn only wishes to return to the life of a soldier after a tragedy that she continues to blame herself for. With time to recover, she is forced to become a private tutor for a rebellious noble and ensure she can pass the exams before they arrive. Yet, as life tries to continue on peacefully in the world, trouble brews in the shadows.

Themes: War, Grimdark, Yuri

by Wolfy


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Reader's Comment

Six managed to surprise me with its good world-building, and its lore as well. The world is very military-based and has numerous fetishes/kinks (don't worry, they're mostly PG-13 since the author managed to tone it down and skip the details); however, those do not divert attention from the plot at all, consider them an extra. Yuri can be definitely felt in the air and tension between the characters, which will certainly appeal to readers.


By the Shores of Time


Novel4At the world's end, Celeste Montedragon finds herself in a familiar world,
One ravaged by a devastating outbreak that wiped out much of humanity.
A strange mist quickly swept the vacant land where survivors were pushed into small populations.
Survivors look at each other with suspicion while supplies dwindle.
While hope flees into the darkness around...
Unforeseen horrors skulk where the light fails to reach, residing within the depths of her imagination
Although the world had already ended for her long ago,
Remnants of old feelings and dreams linger.

Themes: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Supernatural, Lovecraftian-inspired, Mystery

by Erii (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

This web novel seems like it has been inspired by games like Silent Hill, The Last of Us, etc. We get to know the protagonist, Celeste, and the world and companions she is surrounded by in this land that had been infested by clickers and struggle to survive. It also had some Latin American folklore in it, which gave me the feeling the author likes to be pretty inclusive.


The Lindwyrm


Novel5Earth has been invaded and occupied by an alien species known as the 'niao.' Millions of humans have been forced off Earth to be used as disposable labor for the niao empire. A secret army of humans, led by the mysterious Lindwyrm, is preparing to fight back but will their violent methods free humanity or doom it to an even worse fate?

Themes: War, Aliens

by DBurfiend (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

Inspired by the many sci-fi classics that came before, yet still managing to be unique in it's own way, The Lindwyrm ticks just the right boxes thanks to the author's impressive world building and engaging space filled action. I am a sucker for this type of plot, and there are certainly a lot of interesting characters here to help see it through. Looking forward to seeing what next step Lind will take in his journey to reclaim Earth.


BRO: Battle Royale Online


Novel6Battle Royal Online or BRO for short is the new rising star of VRMMO games. For a long time under the radar, because it was considered too violent and realistic, its renewed popularity is leading many new players to discover this world reeking of gunpowder and blood. A young girl is getting ready to make her first steps in this world, for better or worse. While on the other hand, a veteran player is about to leave the battlefield for good, but not without trying to win one last tournament!

Themes: War, Survival Game, Gun Action, VRMMO, Battle Royale

by Polymorphe (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

This story reminded me of when you get paired with new players in FPS game matches lol. I was surprised over the ingenuity of this player duo and how they always managed to figure out an outlandish way to keep themselves on the winning side. The story has a lot of action that is so well written you could vividly imagine every scene. It clearly has SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online influences mixed in with some PUBG, so if you like any of those, you will definitely enjoy this read.


Apocalypse Awakening


Novel7MICHAEL- Celebrated war hero and celebrity, is fighting on the front lines of the war and public chitchat, when he’s suddenly transported to an empty, devastated city. Abandoned by his army and everyone he’s ever known; he has to live up to his own name and discover what’s happened to the world.

EMELIA- Innocent young woman raised by bandits, is on the run from her captor. She must escape the desert wastes and the only family she’s ever known, but can she outrun the trappings of her own mind?

FEN- Pub drinker turned mercenary, he’s done the grueling survival gig and wants to spend his remaining days in peace. But when his island is invaded by a mysterious force, he has no choice but to defend his home, his friends, and more importantly, his tavern.

THE APOC- Behind it all lies the cataclysmic event that brought the world to its knees. Most thought the worst had passed, but those responsible still reign at large, waiting for the perfect moment to execute their final plan.

Themes: Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Dark Comedy, Military

by Jake Houstoun


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Reader's Comment

This story honestly caught me way off guard with the depth and quality of its plot. It had several different story lines and they all intertwined and weaved together. By far the most intriguing was Michael's though. This story had the perfect amount of action, drama, and lore to make it interesting and engaging. The plot was uber interesting too.


Tears of Wars: The Heroes are Born


Novel8A thousand years ago, the Earth was attacked by monsters. Destruction, death, and sorrow were everywhere. The war had taken a heavy toll on both sides. All kinds of monsters from the monster planet were sent to Earth. Devastated by the war, humans had to restart their civilization. They then made a pact with the monsters to coexist and not harm one another, on the condition that they provide livestock to feed the monsters.

Five hundred years later, a new monster leader emerged. He made changes to the existing rules. A few years ago, he tried to break the peace treaty and take complete control of Earth. Several strong fighters appeared to mantain the thousand-year treaty. They stood at the forefront, risking their lives for their beloved Earth.

Themes: War, Alien, Post-Apocalyptic

by Lee Jongki (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

In a world where other animals are as capable as humans, would we stand a chance as a species? This story really gets you to think about an answer to that. I feel the MC embodies humanity quite well, he always strives for more, he is reckless and a little rude, but deep down the compassion, the will to save others, to play the hero, shines through.


Madman's Forgiveness


Novel9The story follows 24 year old Jun Hiroshi who one day discovers he has the ability to travel into fictional worlds through outdated media such as VHS tapes. Though some of these worlds are indeed fictional he and his colorful group of friends soon discover that the dangers that lie dormant in these tapes are all too real.

Themes: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Slasher Horror, Adventure

by Freaknaztec (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

V.H.S. clashes with Isekai, a historical time jumping scenario, and slasher thrown into the mix? Picking Madman's Forgiveness up was a no brainer, hell I can't believe I nearly missed this one. From a very engaging prologue to a mind bending finally, the author managed to keep me engaged all the way through whilst building up on the suspense and keeping the character dynamics down to earth. I cannot say more than that without giving away the mystery, I highly recommend reading the prologue and finding out for yourself, readers!


Mistwalker


Novel10After losing his home, his love and everything he had worked for, Einar, a famous warrior from the Kingdom of Ebonsfall, is forced out into the blightlands, the home of the Shrouded Heart, the cause of all of his woe, there he must find a way to defeat this scourge lest it cover the world in dark. His assistance comes in the form of his greatest curse, the infection on his arm grants superhuman abilities at the cost of shortening his lifespan. Will he be able to prevent the spread of the dark or will he become one of the many thralls that serve?

Themes: Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural

by Pervicax (MAL profile)


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Reader's Comment

It's fair to say Mistwalker makes good use out of the Survivor Slaughter category, drawing inspiration from the more fantasy elements of Samurai flicks. I definitely got Kenshin vibes reading this, and the novel certainly has those iconic moments when the limbs start flying our hero cuts through men and monsters alike in some very well choreographed fight scenes. It may be only eleven chapters but each is certainly packed with enough action, world building and character development to make it an enjoyable ready.

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