PRISM AWARDS 2019
Online Submissions: January 1 to February 15 2019
Nominees will be announce at the QUEER COMICS EXPO (April 2019, event date TBA)
Winners will be announced at SAN DIEGO COMIC CON (July 18-21 2019, announcement date TBA)

Prism Comics and the Cartoon Art Museum are proud to announce the THIRD ANNUAL PRISM AWARDS! These Awards will be presented to comic works by queer authors and works that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters in fiction or nonfiction comics. The goal of the Awards is to recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.

Three Nominees in each category for the Prism Awards will be announced at the QUEER COMICS EXPO in San Francisco. Winners of the Awards will be announced at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO. 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.

Eligible work must have been made or first published between January 1 2018 and December 31 2018 and never before submitted to these Awards. Authors may submit up to three entries. One award will be given in each of the following categories:

Best Short Form Comic
A self-published or traditionally published comic of 32 pages or less, which was first printed or posted online between January 1 2018 and December 31 2018. Entries to this category should be a complete story, NOT an excerpt from a longer work. Please submit the entire comic as a PDF.

Best Webcomic
A comic that is primarily/initially published online. Please submit no more than 32 pages or strips in PDF form that were first posted between January 1 2018 and December 31 2018. Can be a complete or ongoing story.

Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
A comic published by a self-owned, small or midsize press during 2018. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Mainstream Publisher category if we feel that is more appropriate. Submit only one issue/chapter/excerpt from each title. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.

Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
A comic published by a mainstream publisher during 2018. We are leaving it up to the entrant to self-select into this category, but reserve the right to move the work into the Small to Midsize press category if we feel that is more appropriate. Submit only one issue/chapter/excerpt from each title. Please submit an excerpt of no more than 32 pages in PDF form.

Best Comic Anthology
A collection of shorter works created by at least four different authors, either self-published or traditionally published during 2018. Submit the entire anthology in PDF form.

Submission Guidelines:
* All entrants must fill out the Prism Awards submission form and provide a link to the PDF copy of their submission.
* No submissions, except Anthologies, may be more than 32 pages.
* Each work submitted must be in a single PDF file.
* All submissions should have the title of work and main author’s name clearly visible on at least one page of the work.
* This year we are only accepting comics in English, as we are unfortunately unable to judge non-English language comics
at this time.
* There is no entry fee for the Awards. No cash prize, travel, housing, or other in-kind services or items will be offered with
these Awards. Winners and Honorees will be celebrated during the weekend of the Queer Comics Expo and promoted
online and in social media.

The list of 2018 Prism Award Winners and Honorees can be seen here: http://www.panelpatter.com/2018/07/and-2018-prism-award-winners-are.html
The list of 2017 Prism Award Winners and Honorees can be seen here: http://www.panelpatter.com/2017/07/first-ever-prism-award-winners-announced.html

About Prism Comics, the Queer Press Grant and Prism Awards
Founded in 2003, Prism Comics is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly comics, comics professionals and readers. Prism fosters diversity in comics and popular geek culture and is one of the only comics organizations that provides an annual financial grant to emerging comics creators – The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant (submissions are open for the 2019 Grant from January 1 - March 15 in a separate application). 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 it's new location 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Contacts: Contacts: Nina Kester – education@cartoonart.org and Maia Kobabe - redgoldsparks@gmail.com

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