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GRAPHIC SHORT STORY PRIZE

Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Since 2007, the Comica Festival, in association with publisher Jonathan Cape and The Observer newspaper, has held an annual graphic short-story competition offering a £1,000 cash prize and the chance to see your story printed in The Observer.

A free e-comic Shorties: The Best Of The Graphic Short Story Prize 2007-11 is now available to read online in which competition judge and graphic novelist extraordinaire, Bryan Talbot, selects his favourite entries from 5 years of the prize.


2014 COMPETITION


Here's another chance for you to win £1,000 and publication in The Observer New Review section. Enter a complete four-page comic or Graphic Short Story by September 26th 2014, and you could be on the road to getting your graphic novel dream project published by Jonathan Cape, as previous winners have already done. The judges this year are Peter Serafinowicz (actor, comedian and writer), previous winner Isabel Greenberg (author of The Encylopedia of Early Earth), Rachel Cooke (The Observer), Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape), Paul Gravett (Director, Comica Festival) and Suzanne Dean (Random House Creative Director). Here's the link for full details. Best of luck! More...


2013 COMPETITION

It's time to sharpen your pencils and your wits and have a bash at entering your four-page graphic short story to this year's 7th Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Competition. Comica Festival will be holding the Prize Ceremony this autumn. The deadline is September 27th. Best of luck to you! More...


2012 COMPETITION

For the sixth year running, Comica Festival has joined forces once more with graphic novel publishers Jonathan Cape and Sunday newspaper The Observer to offer you the chance to see your work in print and win £1,000. Take this opportunity to get your work read by industry experts. The judges this year are Charlie Higson (actor, comedian and author of the Young Bond series), Hannah Berry (author of Britten and Brulightly and Adamtine), Rachel Cooke (The Observer), Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape), Paul Gravett (Co-Director, Comica Festival) and Suzanne Dean (Random House Creative Director). The first prize is £1,000 and the publication of your 4-page story in The Observer New Review. The winner will be announced at this November's Comica Festival. The runner-up will receive £250 and your work will appear on The Guardian website. And the winner of the 2012 Graphic Short Story Prize is Corban Wilkin with But I Can't.
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2011 COMPETITION

The winner of the fifth Graphic Short Story Prize, chosen from more than 200 entries, is Isabel Greenberg. Her winning entry, Love In A Very Cold Climate, tells the story of a marriage - only this couple, a south pole dweller and a north pole dweller, will never be able to touch one another, surrounded as they are by a magnetic force field. It's beautifully drawn, of course, from first to last frame, but it's also exquisitely written. In particular, the judges admired the way Greenberg handles time, somehow capturing a shared lifetime in just four pages. More...


2010 COMPETITION

Several hundred people entered the 2010 competition, from which the judges picked a longlist of 20. After this, a shortlist of six was chosen and one entry stood out as the judges clear favourite: Stephen Collins' strikingly weird In Room 208. More...


2009 COMPETITION

The third annual Graphic Short Story Prize attracted over 300 entries. The first prize went to the vividly captured and tender story Paint by Vivien McDermid, which the judges thought was a touching portrayal of mother with a small toddler. More...


2008 COMPETITION

There were 240 entries for the 2008 Graphic Short Story Prize, now in its second year, and the standard was superb. The judges were unanimous in awarding the prize to Julian Hanshaw for his haunting, evocative and beautifully drawn story, Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms. More...


2007 COMPETITION

In 2007 the Graphic Short Story Prize was launched by The Observer in association with Jonathan Cape and the Comica Festival, with the aim of celebrating the art of the graphic novel and to offer a platform for the graphic novelists of the future to emerge. The £1,000 prize was won by Catherine Brighton for her story Away In A Manger. More...


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