Kiiro Yumi won the 42nd LaLa Manga Grand Prix Fresh Debut
award for her manga Billy Bocchan no Yuutsu (Little Billy's
Depression). Her latest series is Toshokan Senso
Love&War (Library Wars: Love & War), which ran in
LaLa magazine in Japan and is published in English by Viz
Hiro Arikawa won the 10th Dengeki Novel Prize for her work Shio no Machi: Wish on My Precious in 2003 and debuted with the same novel in 2004. Of her many works, Arikawa is best known for the Library Wars series and her Jieitai Sanbusaku trilogy which consists of Sora no Naka (In the Sky), Umi no Soko (The Bottom of the Sea), and Shio no Machi (City of Salt).