Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic short story prize 2019 launched

The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic short story prize, which celebrates its 12th birthday this year, is now open for entries.

Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic short story prize 2019

As usual, all entrants must do (admittedly, vastly more difficult than it sounds) is to draw and write a four-page comic designed to run over a double-page spread in the Observer New Review.

The winner receives a cheque for £1,000 and his or her work will appear in the Observer in print and online. The runner-up will receive £250 and have their work published online.

The competition’s guest judges this year are the playwright, actor and director Patrick Marber and the cartoonist (and a former winner of the prize) Isabel Greenberg.

Several past winners, and even some runners-up, have gone on to land publishing deals, among them Stephen Collins (The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil) and Fumio Obata (Just So Happens).

In 2009, Joff Winterhart was runner-up. His funny and sad 2012 graphic novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer, a longer version of his original entry, has now been made into a movie starring Monica Dolan and Rob Brydon that is set for release next year.

“This competition really can make a big difference to the life of an aspiring cartoonist,” says judge Rachel Cooke, “so why not have a go? What have you got to lose?”

Entry forms and terms and conditions for Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic short story prize can be downloaded here on the Penguin Books web site. The deadline for entry is Friday 11th October 2019

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