Some good news: the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is returning. Two previous such competitions by this splendid Indy publisher has seen some terrific talent not only winning but going on to be published, with works that garnered much acclaim such as Jade Sarson and Gareth Brookes (indeed Myriad also went on to publish four of the runners-up who caught their attention – Henny Beaumont, Hannah Eaton, Paula Knight, and Ian Williams – so this really is an important opportunity).
I don’t normally copy and paste from press releases, but it seems silly to try and paraphrase here, and this is a damned good opportunity for new talent, so here we go:
“The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is now open! Entries are welcomed from all cartoonists, and writers and artists working as a team, who have not previously had a full-length graphic work published. The competition will run until 28th February 2018.
The winner has the opportunity to develop their work with Myriad’s creative and editorial team, with a view to future publication. The work is chosen on the strength and promise of the art and writing. Authors are asked to submit 15-30 pages of a work in progress. For full details, please download the entry form here.
The winning entry will be an extract from a narrative work in progress – nonfiction or fiction – and will be chosen by a panel of judges including:
Kate Evans, cartoonist, author of Threads, Red Rosa, and The Food of Love and Bump
Wei Ming Kam, writer, sales and marketing at Oberon Books, co-founder of BAME In Publishing
Corinne Pearlman, Creative Director, Myriad Editions
Martin Rowson, cartoonist, illustrator, author of the forthcoming graphic novel version of The Communist Manifesto (2018)
Sarah Shaffi, online editor at The Bookseller, co-founder of BAME In Publishing
The two 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. This is the third time Myriad will have run the First Graphic Novel competition. Not only have we published the winners of the two previous competitions – Gareth Brookes (2012) and Jade Sarson (2014) – we have also published four of the shortlisted authors: Henny Beaumont, Hannah Eaton, Paula Knight, and Ian Williams.
Says Gareth Brookes: ‘If you’ve got an idea for a graphic novel, the First Graphic Novel Competition represents the best opportunity available to make it a reality. Along the way I’ve had the best editorial guidance, got some fantastic publicity and found a wonderfully supportive network of peers, all courtesy of the Myriad Editions team.’
Jade Sarson says: ‘The First Graphic Novel Competition has been one of, if not THE, most important opportunities in my career so far’ while Paula Knight comments: ‘Entering the competition was the single most important thing I did towards getting my book published, not only because Myriad eventually became my publisher, but also because it was the catalyst that gave me momentum to keep turning up at the page – starting is often the hardest part.’”
Check out the Myriad website here for more details and to grab the entry form, and best of luck to all who enter – we look forward to reading some of your work in due course.