May 9, 2017

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Calling Queer Creators: Submit to the Prism Awards



Prism Comics, in association with the Queer Comics Expo, is holding an award for queer comics that were created in the past two years, from May 1, 2015 to Jun 1, 2017, and they'd like you to nominate yourself.

From the combination press release/submission form:
PRISM COMICS and the QUEER COMICS EXPO are proud to announce the first annual PRISM AWARDS! These awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.
Winners of the Prism Awards will be announced at the Queer Comics Expo in San Francisco, the weekend of July 8-9, 2017. All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panels of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians. You do not have to attend in person to win, but it is highly encouraged.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Submissions for the awards are open from May 1 to June 1, 2017. Eligible work must have been made/published within the past two years (between May 1, 2015 and June 1, 2017). No author may submit more than three entries.

All entrants must fill out the Prism Awards submission form below and provide a link to the PDF copy of their submission. No submissions, except Anthologies, may be more than 32 pages or 32mb file size (for larger works of more than 32 pages please submit an excerpt that fits these limitations). For anthologies please reduce file size as much as possible while maintaining the quality of the image to best represent the work. Each work submitted must be in a single PDF file. All submissions should have the title of work and main author's name clearly visible on at least one page of the work.
For this year, the team acknowledges their limitations, stating that the work must be English-only. They do not have the resources to read untranslated work at this time. It's unfortunate--I'm sure there's amazing work in French and Japanese, just to name two countries with strong comics communities--but understandable. Hopefully if the award grows in scope, they can add foreign works.

The categories are:

  • Best Short Form Comic
  • Best Webcomic
  • Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
  • Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
  • Best Comic Anthology

I did not see anything about who the judges are going to be, but this is such a cool idea and I wanted to make sure it got the attention it deserves. Best of luck if you enter!