Don’t miss your chance to win the Observer / Faber / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize!

There’s still time to create your comic to enter this year’s Observer / Faber / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize and win £1000 – and publication in The Observer New Review.

Observer / Faber / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2022

Judged by artist Adrian Tomine, actor Michael Sheen, Gosh! Comics’ Tom Oldham, Rachel Cooke, Angus Cargill  (Faber & Faber) and comics archivist and publisher Paul Gravett, the competition open to UK residents over 16. There’s no set theme, the story is entirely up to you.

The first prize is £1,000 and publication in the Observer New Review.

The runner-up will receive £250 and their work will appear on

Entrants will own and retain any copyright in their entries. Where an entry is produced as the result of the collaboration of a writer and an artist (i.e., joint authors), the promoter will accept the joint authors of the entry as joint entrants.

Previous winners and finalists include Isabel Greenberg, Stephen Collins, Matthew Dooley, Fumio Obata, Paul Rainey and last year Astrid Goldsmith. Best of luck!

• For full details of how to enter, and download an entry form, check out the Observer / Faber / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize challenge on the Faber web site

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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