The University of Dundee has announced its Third Annual Dundee Comics Prize, a competition to design a new British Science Fiction Comic, although, aside from a plug on the ever attentive Forbidden Planet blog and the launch of a Facebook page, you’d be hard pressed to find anything about it online.
You are tasked to re-invent the British Science Fiction Comics for the 21st Century – and the first prize is £500. There will also be two runner-up prizes of £250 each.
The aim of the prize is to nurture talent in comics, and to help new creators gain recognition. Submissions should consist of a cover and a story of approx five to eight pages, the aim being to produce a concept design and original story.
The work will be judged by a panel consisting of comic professionals and scholars, with a launch at the Dundee Comic Day 2013, which is part of the Dundee Literary Festival held in October 2013. Winners and runner-ups will be invited to attend. There will also be an exhibition of artwork from the competition at the Festival.
Anyone can enter the competition, and the submission can be in any style, in black or white or colour, but the work must be finished to a high standard (lettered, inked, etc), and it must be a complete story. The work must be original, the creators must own the copyright, and it must not have been published already, or currently offered for publication elsewhere.
When submitting work good quality scans are requested in the first instance, although original artwork may be requested at a later stage (although will remain the property of the creators).
The prize will be awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the work is collaborative the members of the team will share the prize money equally. All winners (including runners-up) will be asked to provide a short account of how the comic was created, along with any relevant photos and sketches. These will be used on the website to demonstrate how the winning entries came about. Artwork will also be required on a short loan for the purposes of an exhibition.
• The deadline for completed submissions is 6th September 2013. All queries and submissions should be sent to Chris Murray, University of Dundee: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check their Facebook for more details: closing date is 6th September 2013.