Myriad Editions has launched a competition for a first graphic novel in progress, with the winner working with Myriad to complete the title.
The writer who comes first in the competition also stands a chance of being offered a contract and publication with the Brighton-based publisher.
The judging panel will be comprised of author Ian Rankin, Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, author and cartoonist Ed Hillyer, graphic novelists Hannah Berry and Bryan Talbot, and Myriad Editions creative director Corinne Pearlman.
Entrants are asked to submit a one-page synopsis and between 15-30 pages of a graphic work in progress.
Pearlman said: "Creating a graphic novel can be such a long and lonely business. We hope the competition will create an opportunity for creators to reach a more general literary readership. It will not only identify new talent but also aim to further promote graphic novels to an ever-growing audience."
The closing date for entries to the competition is 1st October 2011, with the winner to be announced at the First Fictions Festival in January 2012. The novel would be considered for publication by Myriad in 2012/13.
Meanwhile, Myriad has also acquired two new graphic novels. Pearlman acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park by Nye Wright, and world rights to Darryl Cunningham's Science Stories.
Things to Do is about a young man taking care of, and coming to terms with, his dying father. The protagonist is a minotaur, and his father is a rhinoceros, and the novel took Wright seven years to complete.
Science Stories is described by the publisher as a "graphic expose of scientific myths and hoaxes", investigating science deniers and media collusion.