2007 GRAPHIC SHORT STORY PRIZE
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.
Short Story Prize Winner:
Away In A Manger by Catherine Brighton
Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, Fever Pitch)
Posy Simmonds (Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe)
Rachel Cooke (The Observer)
Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape)
Paul Gravett (Comica Festival Director)
Suzanne Dean (Random House Creative Director)
The graphic novel is at last enjoying a golden age, and this is what makes the Observer/Cape Graphic Novel Competition, launched on these pages last week, so exciting: the genre is currently so muscular and innovative that my fellow judges and I have no way of knowing what exactly it will throw up. As Harvey Pekar, the author of the comic magazine American Splendor, once put it: ‘Comics are just words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures.’ All the judges do know is that we have every expectation of finding a star of the future. The Observer has a decent record on this score. In the 1950s, the paper held a short story competition. It was won by one Muriel Spark. As I recall, she went on to do rather well.
Publisher, Jonathan Cape
At Cape we already publish many of the best known authors in the graphic field - Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, Marjane Satrapi, Posy Simmonds, Raymond Briggs, Dan Clowes. With this competition we are hoping to discover new authors who can combine words and pictures with the same brilliance.
Observer Literary Editor
This is just the kind of innovative work I used to love as a publisher. The Observer is delighted to be sponsoring a new departure in the 21st century imagination. Already, the response is phenomenal.