SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019 PRISM AWARDS AND THE 2019 PRISM COMICS QUEER PRESS GRANT WILL OPEN JANUARY 1, 2019

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JANUARY 1, 2019 MARKS THE OPENING OF THE SUBMISSION PERIODS FOR TWO MAJOR AWARDS EVENTS IN THE LGBTQAI+ COMICS FIELD:  THE 2019 PRISM AWARDS and THE 2019 PRISM COMICS QUEER PRESS GRANT.

THE PRISM AWARDS are presented annually by THE CARTOON ART MUSEUM, PRISM COMICS and THE QUEER COMICS EXPO to both fiction and non-fiction comics works by queer authors.  The goals of the Awards are to recognize and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics and to promote powerful, innovative, positive, challenging stories and representations of LGBTQAI+ characters.

One award will be given in each of the following categories: Best Short Form Comic, Best Webcomic, Best Comic From A Small To Midsize Press,Best Comic From A Mainstream Publisher and Best Comic Anthology.  Finalists will also receive recognition.

Eligible work must have been made or first published between January 1 and December 31, 2018 and never before submitted to these Awards.  All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panel of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians.

THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR THE PRISM AWARDS CLOSES FEBRUARY 15, 2019 AT 11:59 PM PST.  Three Nominees in each category for the Prism Awards will be announced at the QUEER COMICS EXPO in the San Francisco in April 2019 (dates to be announced).  Winners and Honorable Mention will be announced at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO, Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2019 (date to be announced).

Additional information and guidelines for submission can be found here. The online submission form will be available on January 1, 2019.

For more information please contact: Maia Kobabe, Prism Awards Co-Founder redgoldsparks@gmail.com

ON JANUARY 1, SUBMISSIONS WILL ALSO OPEN FOR THE 2019 PRISM COMICS QUEER PRESS GRANT.  The Grant is awarded annually to help emerging independent queer comic book creators publish and promote their comics.   Since its inception, the Queer Press Grant has fostered many important works representing excellence and diversity in LGBTQAI+ comics:

2005: Steve MacIsaac — Shirtlifter
2006: Megan Gedris — YU+ME
2007: Tommy Roddy — Pride High
2007: Justin Hall — True Travel Tales
2008: Pam Harrison — House of the Muses
2009: Ed Luce — Wuvable Oaf
2009: Eric Orner — Storybox
2010: Tana Ford — Duck
2010: Jon Macy — Fearful Hunter
2011: Robert Kirby — Three
2012: Christine Smith — The Princess
2012: Blue Delliquanti — O Human Star
2013: Hazel Newlevant — If This Be Sin
2014: Calvin Gimpelevich — Wolfmen
2014: Emiliano Quale — Wolfmen
2015: Dave Davenport — Stray Bullet
2016: Elizabeth Beier — Bisexual Trials and Errors
2016: Catherine Esguerra
2017: Tee Franklin — Bingo Love
2018: Eric Kostiuk Williams — Our Wretched Town Hall

Comic books, comic strips, webcomics and graphic novel projects are all eligible. Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit and contributions to the LGBTQAI+ community, followed by evaluation of financial need and proposal presentation.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE QUEER PRESS GRANT CLOSE AT 5 PM PST ON MARCH 1, 2019.  Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. The judges also lean towards projects that are more fully realized — we want to see many pages of sequential art, rather than an idea with sketches. The Queer Press Grant is awarded to an amateur artist who hasn’t yet gotten a mainstream publisher.   They are reviewed by the Prism Board, past recipients of the Grant and Prism’s Advisory Board.

The Recipient of the Grant will be announced at one of Prism Comics’ panels at WONDERCON ANAHEIM March 29 – March 31, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

For more information please visit the Queer Press Grant page on the Prism Website and the Grant Application page will be open on January 1, 2019.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Beier, Prism Comics Queer Press Grant Chair, beier.elizabeth@gmail.com

About Prism Comics:

Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals, readers, educators and librarians.  Prism fosters diversity and community in comics and popular geek culture.  Learn more at prismcomics.org.

About the Cartoon Art Museum:

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at cartoonart.org and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

About the Queer Comics Expo :

Founded in 2014, The Queer Comics Expo is a comics convention that celebrates queer culture and promotes diverse queer representation in comics, animation and graphic storytelling.   The Expo is held in San Francisco, California in conjunction with The Cartoon Art Museum.  To learn more about the Queer Comics Expo please visit cartoonart.org/qcexpo

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