ldcomics prize 2020

We are now closed for digital submissions.
If you submitted an entry, please note for eligibility for the awards your printed version must arrive by 26 January 2020

LD Comics Prize. 2020
PO Box 97
Todmorden
OL14 9BJ
  • Please read the guidelines information sheet carefully here
  • For your entry to be eligible for final consideration, both digital and printed copies must be submitted by the stated deadlines. The digital version is for judges. The printed version will be exhibition purposes during the LDComics 2020 Festival in London.
  • For all queries regarding the printed version please email Lou Crosby laydeezdocomicsleeds@gmail.com

For queries about digital submission please email Nicola Streeten nicolastreeten@yahoo.com

THE LDC AWARDS and DATES

First Prize: £2,000
Five shortlisted entries: £200 each

12 January 2020: Deadline for online entry (This is the extended deadline)
26 January 2020: Deadline for printed entry
27 January 2020: Longlist announced
10 February 2020: Shortlist announced
29 March 2020: Overall winner 2020 announced at LDC Festival, Freeword Centre, London.

This is our third year  running the women-only LDC Awards for graphic novels in progress. Scroll down this page to find details about our prize.

BRIEF and ELIGIBILITY

LDComics’ interest has always been in the drama of the everyday and the autobiographical. Within that remit we are looking for original and innovative works in progress, that stretch definitions of the comics form as well as the subject matter.

  • Submissions should be the first 12 pages of your graphic novel in progress, (not including the covers). This should be submitted digitally as one single PDF file.
  • Images must be submitted via a link which must be included in the form
  • Entries must be submitted via the website, by completing the online form by midnight 12 January 2020 AND a printed copy must be received by 26 January 2020
  • As part of the submission you will be asked for a 50 word synopsis of the narrative
  • Online entries received after the deadline of 12 midnight on 12 January 2020 will not be considered
  • Open to anyone based in the UK who self-identifies as female
  • Entries must not have been previously published (self published works are eligible)

Scroll down the page for details of this year’s judges:
Hannah Berry, Ritika Biswas, Helen Lederer and Dr Golnar Nabizadeh

Should you encounter any problems or have any questions after reading the information on this page, please email nicolastreeten@yahoo.com

In addition, we have another prize to mention…

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We are thrilled to be partnering with CWIP who are running a competition for
Published Humorous Graphic Novels by Women UK
Details https://www.comedywomeninprint.co.uk

ABOUT

LDComics’ interest has always been in the drama of the everyday and the autobiographical. Within that remit we are looking for original and innovative works in progress, that stretch definitions of the comics form as well as the subject matter.

The LDComics Awards are the first women’s prizes for a long form graphic novel work in progress in the UK. This represents a recognition and celebration of the wealth of comics work currently being produced by women in the UK. The LDComics Awards will be awarded to the women whose graphic novel work in progress, in the opinion of the judges, shows the most promise.

THE LDC AWARDS 

First Prize: £2,000
Five shortlisted entries: £200 each

29 March 2020: Overall winner 2020 announced at LDC Festival, Freeword Centre, London.

The Rosalind B. Penfold Prize for “finding your voice over the age of fifty” will be presented as one of the shortlisted prizes.
Rosalind B. Penfold was aged 59 when her first graphic novel, Dragonslippers: this is what an abusive relationship looks like, was published by Penguin (Canada) in 2004. It was subsequently translated into nine languages, becoming an important resource worldwide. Discussing the genre of graphic memoir in The Guardian in 2012,  Mary and Bryan Talbot wrote: “Dragonslippers is a visceral account of domestic violence … It’s hard to think of a more effective medium for communicating this kind of painful experience. Anyone who’s concerned about the prevention of violence against women should read it.” The Penfold Prize recognizes that many women come late to the table with a lifetime of important domestic experiences worth documenting. This is to encourage and reward their voices.

http://www.dragonslippers.com/home.html

All shortlisted entries will receive:

  • A one-to-one free review session with an experienced graphic novelist on day 1 of the LDComics Festival on Saturday 28 March 2020. This review session will offer a critique of their work, as well as professional advice.
  • Invitations to the LDC 2020 Festival at the Free Word Centre, London where a short film of their work will be shown to a public audience.

WHY ENTER?

ALL ENTRIES to the competition will:

  • Have their printed entry included in the LDC Lounge display of all the entries received this year. This will be exhibited for a public audience  on Sunday 29 March as part of the LDC 2020 Festival. This exhibition  will tour during 2020 (locations and timing tbc) and will be finally deposited at the University of Dundee’s Comics archive.
  • Receive invitations to the VIP event at the LDC 2020 Festival at the Free Word Centre on Sunday 29 March 2020.
  • Be offered first refusal on booking for the LDC review sessions at the LDC 2020 Festival, the online mentoring sessions and places on the LDC residencies 2020.

Everyone is a winner!

The judging panel is made up of five invited women. The judges have been carefully selected to represent a range of interests and varying knowledge of the graphic novel form.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to anyone based in the UK who self-identifies as female
  • Entries must not have been previously published
  • Online entries received after the deadline of midnight on 12 January 2020 will not be considered
  • Entries must be submitted via the website, by completing the online form by midnight 12 January 2020 AND a printed copy must be received by 26 January 2020 (to a PO Box address that you will be given)
  • Images must be submitted via a link which must be included in the form

THE 2020 JUDGES


HANNAH BERRY 
is an award-winning graphic novelist, comics creator, writer, illustrator and UK Comics Laureate 2019-21. In 2018 she was inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her published graphic novels include 
 BRITTEN & BRÜLIGHTLY (2008, Jonathan Cape), ADAMTINE (2012, Jonathan Cape) and LIVESTOCK (2017, Jonathan Cape). Hannah  currently does a monthly cartoon strip for Prospect and formerly did a weekly cartoon for the New Statesman. She has contributed to a number of national and international comics publications and projects.
http://hannahberry.co.uk
@streakofpith



RITIKA BISWAS is curator and special projects producer at New Art Exchange, Nottingham. She works at the nexus of artistic, curatorial, and academic practice, inflected by ecological and socio-political crises. Born in India, Ritika studied Liberal Arts in Yale-NUS College, Singapore, and completed her MPhil in Film and Screen Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2019. She was previously co-director of non-profit organisation Storybook Me publishing personalised storybooks for underprivileged children in Bangalore, India. Ritika also directs theatre productions and creates inter-medial installations and experimental documentaries.
Insta: Ritika.biswas77



HELEN LEDERER is acomedian, writer and actress who emerged as part of the alternative comedy circuit during the 1980s. Her television credits include the BBC Two sketch series Naked Video and BBC One’s Absolutely Fabulous, in which she played the role of Catriona. Her comedy novel Losing It (2015, Pan Macmillan) was nominated for the P. G. Wodehouse Comedy Literary Award and the Edinburgh Book Festival First Book Award. In 2019 she launched the women-only prize for comedy prose novels Comedy Women in Print. In 2020 CWIPis partnering with LDC to add a new category for published Humorous Graphic Novels by women.
https://www.helenlederer.co.uk
@Helenlederer
@CSIPprize



Dr GOLNAR NABIZADEH 
is Lecturer in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on comics and visual studies and particularly on representations of trauma, migration, and memory in these fields. Golnar received her PhD in English and Cultural Studies from The University of Western Australia, and her monograph with Routledge is entitled Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels (2019).
https://www.dundee.ac.uk/people/golnar-nabizadeh


THE ENTRY

  • We ask you to donate a minimum £10 to enter the awards which will go towards the prize money and we thank you for your generosity.

laydeez day lounge 2018 awards ceremony

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE LDC AWARDS

If your question is still unanswered, please email Nicola Streeten
nicolastreeten@yahoo.com

What do you mean by “woman”?
We welcome entries from people who self-identify as female, including trans and non-binary people.

I have a publishing contract for my work, but it hasn’t been published yet, can I enter?
No, sorry.

Can I enter if I am a student?
Yes, the competition is open to everyone who identifies as female and is based in the UK.

I do not consider myself British, but I live in the UK, can I enter?
Yes, if your main place of residence is the UK, you are eligible to enter.

I have a short story comic, can I enter?
No, sorry. The competition is looking for opening extracts from long form works that are in progress and show promise for development. By “long form” we mean the final work is expected to be in book form in excess of 200 pages.

I have not finished my graphic novel, can I enter?
We are inviting submission of the first 12 pages of a longer work. We ask that you include a short written synopsis of the overall narrative. We do not expect you to have completed the whole work, the prize money is intended to go towards supporting this activity. However, we do expect you to have the idea fully formed. We are looking for work that shows potential and will have an audience.

My work is a collaboration, can I enter?
Yes, this year we will be considering collaborative works on the understanding that should the work receive an award, this must be shared between the collaborators

I applied last year to the 2018 award can I re-apply this year?
Yes, you can.

I applied last year to the 2018 award, can I re-submit the same work?No, you can only re-apply to the award with the same work if it has been developed in some new ways. An identical entry will not be acceptable.

Check out the winner of 2019 LDC Graphic Novel Competition…

2 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Competition 2020

  1. Hello. One entry only should be submitted. The award is for a long-form work in progress. If you are working on two at the same time, we would encourage you to submit the one that most suits the LDC remit, (autobiographical and the everyday) although this is not a requirement for entry. Good luck! x