Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2020 is now closed for submissions. 

Firstly, a big thank you to all our entrants who re-supplied their entries online so that the judges could read in the comfort of their own homes. We’re delighted to let everyone know that we finally got together via Zoom and have decided upon our Lockdown Longlist.

We are thrilled to announce the longlist for the 2020 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition. The longlisted artists are:

• Tim Catherall
• Denise Dorrance
• Ed Firth
• Christine Humphreys
• Mathew Jackson
• Lesley MacNiven & Heather Charters
• Gary McKeever
• John Miers
• Alex Moore
• Aleesha Nandhra
• Angelina Olkhovskaya & Anita Bruvere
• Veronika Muchitsch
• Kim L Pace
• Michael Parker & Cecily Salt
• Jane Porter
• Teresa Robertson
• Pete Shearn
• Pietro Soldi
• Tobias Taitt & Anthony Smith
• Myfanwy Tristram

Click HERE to read about each of their submitted works.

Shortlisted entrants will be announced late June 2020.
The winner will be announced in July 2020.

2020 Competition Judges
Dr Ian Williams, author of The Bad Doctor and The Lady Doctor. Founder, Graphicmedicine.org
Sacha Craddock, independent art critic, writer and curator
Corinne Pearlman, creative director, Myriad Editions
Zoe Adjonyoh, award-winning chef, author of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen Cookbook and contributor to the New Daughters of Africa anthology
Julie Tait, founder and director, Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The competition offers the winner, or winners, the opportunity to have their completed graphic novel published by Myriad. Entrants were asked for 15-30 pages of a graphic work-in-progress, fiction or non-fiction.  This is the fourth time Myriad has run the First Graphic Novel competition. The three previous competitions have provided a unique opportunity for creators to see their debut graphic novel in print, furthering Myriad’s mission to encourage and nurture new talent, and to provide opportunities for established artists who have not previously embarked upon a full-length work.

Myriad has published the winners of previous competitions – Gareth Brookes (2012) and Jade Sarson (2014) – and four of the shortlisted authors: Henny BeaumontHannah EatonPaula Knight, and Ian Williams, as well as work by other creators introduced to Myriad through the competition. Myriad will be publishing Biscuits (assorted) by Jenny Robins, winner of  the 2018 competition, in January 2021, and, later in the year, works by two of the 2018 shortlisted artists, Zara Slattery and Sabba Khan.

Information about the previous competitions can be found here.

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is supported by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.