Novelist Meg Rosoff is among the judges for the 2014 First Fictions First Graphic Novel Competition, launched yesterday (25th November) by Myriad Editions.
The Brighton-based independent publisher founded the biennial competition in 2012 to provide opportunities for cartoonists, writers and artists who have not previously published a full-length graphic work.
The other judges are critic and blogger Andy Oliver, and cartoonists Woodrow Phoenix and Nicola Streeten.
The winner receives the chance to work with Myriad’s creative and editorial team, with a view to contract and publication. They will also be offered a week-long author’s retreat in a studio near Angouleme, France, home of the international comics festival for 40 years.
Myriad creative director, Corinne Pearlman said: "The prize is an amazing opportunity for would-be graphic novelists at any stage in their career. We’re looking to encourage emerging talent as well as older artists keen to benefit from today’s increasingly comics-friendly environment."
The winner of the inaugural competition was Gareth Brookes, whose work The Black Project was created entirely by embroidery and lino cuts. Brookes has said of his win: "I’ve had the best editorial guidance, got some fantastic publicity and found a wonderfully supportive network of peers, all courtesy of the Myriad Editions team. If you’ve got an idea for a graphic novel, the First Fictions prize represents the best opportunity available to make it a reality."
As well as Brookes, Myriad has also published another author on the 2012 shortlist, Hannah Eaton, and has plans to publish two more in 2014/15.
The closing date is for entries is Monday 3rd March and the winner will be announced in May 2014. For conditions of entry, go to: www.myriadeditions.com/FGNC.