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Enter the 2015 Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize!

Posted: May 26, 2015

You too could be following in the footsteps of previous winners and finalists of the Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize like Julian Hanshaw, Isabel Greenberg, Stephen Collins, Joff Winterhart and Fumio Obata, all now published and acclaimed Cape graphic novelists. This year’s competition is officially open and the deadline for your four-page comics is October 2nd 2015. Here’s the announcement from Tuesday May 26th in Guardian Books by Lisa O’Kelly:

“The 2015 Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize has been running for eight years, discovering the writers and artists of the future. If you dream of being one of them, then do not miss your chance to enter. The first prize is £1,000 and the publication of your four-page story in the Observer New Review and on theguardian.com.

“This year’s judges include Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain and acclaimed graphic novelist Karrie Fransman (The House That Groaned and Death of the Artist) alongside our regular panel of judges: Dan Franklin, publisher at Jonathan Cape, Suzanne Dean, creative director of Random House, Paul Gravett, director of the Comica festival and the Observer’s Rachel Cooke.

“Last year’s prize, which was won by Alexis Deacon for The River, attracted a record number of entries. “I entered because I’d been finding it very hard to convince people this was something I could do,” said Deacon after his triumph. If you’re thinking of entering, visit the Graphic Short Story Prize website. You will also want to take a look at Shorties, a free e-comic that showcases a lineup of favourite entries from the early years of the prize.”

Comica Festival wishes every entrant the very best of luck!

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