Graphic Scotland and the Edinburgh International Book Festival are pleased to announce that submissions are now open for the inaugural 9th Art Award for graphic fiction.
The 9th Art Award will choose the best work of graphic literature originally written and published in English between May 2012 and July 2013, from anywhere in the world.
Judging the prize will be:
• graphic fiction historian Paul Gravett
• acclaimed arts critic and writer Hannah McGill
• Freight Press publisher Adrian Searle
• Costa award-winning writer of Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes Mary Talbot
A casting vote will be given to Graphic Scotland chair John McShane in the event of a tie.
The award will be presented during an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.
Graphic Scotland Co-Director Gordon Robertson believes the prize could become a fixture on the international arts scene, and as important to sequential art as the Man Booker Prize is to literary fiction:
“The 9th Art Award will be a significant annual award for recognition of excellence in the field of Graphic Literature. Its introduction as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival recognises graphic literature’s rightful status as an art form.”
Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said “We have featured graphic novel authors and illustrators in our programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for a number of years now and I believe that this new Award will give the genre the wider recognition that it deserves.”
The deadline for entries is 31 July 2013.
The 9th Art website is currently down due to exceeded bandwidth, but if you’re like to submit an entry, or are looking for more information, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve spoken to one of the women helping to run this award, and it sounds like a seriously exciting new prospect, especially for indie creators! Let me lay out why:
Above and beyond all that, they are actively looking for entries. They need people to come forward and submit their work to make this award worthwhile and successful - and this is its inaugural year.
This is probably the most open eligibility will ever be, and it is the perfect opportunity to get in there and show the organisers exactly what the contemporary comic scene looks like - the people they should be taking seriously. More than anything I would love to see indie and small press creators from all over the world overwhelm this competition with the kind of incredible, weird, and wonderful work I know is being produced and passed over.
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