Publisher Myriad Editions has announced details of a new graphic novel competition – from the official blurb:
“Myriad Editions is pleased to announce the first ever competition for a first graphic novel in progress. The entry may be by a single author or may be a collaboration between a writer and artist.
The winner will have the opportunity to develop their work in progress with Myriad’s creative and editorial team with a view to being offered a contract and publication by Myriad in 2012/13.
The winner will be announced in January 2012 at the First Fictions Festival.
The closing date is Monday 1st October 2011.
The winning entry will be an extract from a narrative work in progress – fiction or non-fiction – and will be chosen purely on the strength and promise of the art and writing by a panel of expert judges.”
Aforementioned judging panel include bestselling crime novelist and longtime comics fan Ian Rankin, the Guardian’s mighty bearded cartooning colossus Steve Bell, top comics creator Ilya, artist Hannah Berry, the redoubtable Bryan Talbot and Myriad’s Corrine Pearlman. Sounds interesting and potentially a useful foot in the door with a publisher for new comics talent. Full entry details can be downloaded from Myriad’s site, so get cracking!