Laydeez do Comics announce First UK Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novel

Laydeez Do Comics Prize

Laydeez do Comics have announced First UK Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novel work in progress.

The First prize is £2,000 with five shortlisted entries of: £200 each. All shortlisted entries will receive a Laydeez Review session.

The campaign to create the first women’s prize for graphic novels comes in response to what Laydeez Do Comics feel is a gender imbalance in a number of British comics events and activity, and they are raising funds to really give the Prize prominence.

The competition calls for unpublished graphic novel works in progress from female-identifying UK-based people. Full details of eligibility and submission guidelines are on the Laydeez Do Comics website.

The awards will be presented at “Laydeez Day” festival on Saturday 24th March 2018.

With a strong commitment to gender parity and diversity, Laydeez do Comics aims to spotlight and celebrate the wealth of unrecognised graphic novel work being currently produced in the UK.

They are grateful for the support of Arts Council England towards the organising and hosting of “Laydeez Day” on Saturday 24th March 2018, where award winners will be announced.

• The deadline for entries is 13th January 2018. Full details:

There is a Fundraising Campaign to Support the Cash Prizes. If all of you reading this pledge £5 now, the Laydeez Do Comics team can make this project shine

For any queries please email

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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