Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize

Published On April 16, 2018 | By Joe Gordon | Awards, Comics, News

The longlist for the 2018 Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize has been announced. Myriad are staunch supporters of new comics talent and this award is a brilliant way of nurturing and encouraging new creators. I’m not even going to paraphrase it – we normally don’t just do a cut and paste of press releases on here, but for this news we’ll make an exception:

Staunch supporters of new talent and publishers of some frankly brilliant graphic novels, Myriad Editions has once again been running their very welcome First Graphic Novel competition, which we think is a terrific way of encouraging new talent. The longlist has been announced – we don’t normally copy and paste from press releases, but in this case we will, because this is an event that deserves lots of support:

(For the Love of God, Marie, Jade Sarson’s title which won the previous Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize, published by Myriad)

The competition offers the winner the chance to develop their work with the publisher, with a view to contract and publication. The competition is open to all cartoonists, writers and artists who have not previously published a full-length graphic work.

This year, the prize is judged by cartoonists Kate Evans and Martin Rowson, writer Wei Ming Kam and journalist Sarah Shaffi – co-founders of BAME in Publishing – and Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman. It continues Myriad’s mission to provide opportunities for cartoonists, writers and artists who have not previously published a full-length graphic work. Entrants are asked for 15-30 pages of a graphic work-in-progress, fiction or non-fiction.

The shortlist will be decided in early May, and the winner revealed at an event in June. The competition is a companion to the Myriad First Drafts competition for debut novelists. Myriad has published the two previous competition winners and four other books by shortlisted authors, and other works by authors introduced to Myriad through the competition.”

The longlisted entries are:

Rima Sabina Aouf ……………………… YUGO
Panos Baras ……………………………… ONE PAIR OF SHOES
Cathy Brett ……………………………….. WHO KILLED JO-JO
Hari Conner ………………………………. FINDING HOME
Julienne Durber ………………………… SMOKE
Shaun Gardiner ………………………… THE BOY WITH NAILS
Shey Hargreaves & Charli Vince .. OPEN DAY
Sally-Anne Hickman …………………. BLACK DIAMONDS AND BLUE SCARS
Sabba Khan ………………………………. PLURALISM
Kim L Pace ……………………………….. NUCLEAR FAMILY
Clarrie Pope & Blanche Pope ……. WELCOME HOME
Jane Porter ……………………………….. THE GHOST CARP
Jenny Robins …………………………….. BISCUITS (ASSORTED)
Gemma Sheldrake…………………….. THE CRAVING SEA
Jeeti Singh ………………………………… I’LL BE FINE
Zara Slattery………………………………. COMA COMIC
The Surreal McCoy ……………………. THE WOLF OF BAGHDAD
Anna Trench ……………………………… EZRA STONELEIGH
Alexandria Turner ……………………… THE BOOK OF RODGER
Sarah Ushurhe …………………………… PERSEVERE
Ethan Wiltshire …………………………… I NEVER KNEW YOU

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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