Young People's Comic Award

The Young People’s Comic Awards is run in association with Leeds Library and was known as the Leeds (Young People’s) Graphic Novel Awards between 2010 and 2011.

This award is judged by young people and aims to celebrate the best in comics aimed at, and suitable for, a young audience. Like all the other categories in the British Comic Awards this award is for comics in all forms, from graphic novels to web comics from UK creators only.

All previous nominees are listed on the Winners page.

This award is open to all short-form and long-form stories and collections suitable for children. This category may include one-off stories, single issues of ongoing series, graphic novellas, short stories from anthologies, web comic strips, original graphic novels, collected editions, literary adaptations, longer anthologies or a substantial body of work available to read digitally.

Work eligible for this award must have been published between 1st August 2014 and 31st August 2015.
(Please note this 13 month period is just for 2015’s awards while we coordinate the YPCA with our other categories.)

Voting and Judging

Like the other categories, the shortlist of nominated titles is selected by the Committee chosen from a wide range of comics. Anyone and everyone can suggest titles for consideration.

The nominated titles are then sent out to participating schools and public library reading groups and are read, discussed and voted for by young people. Most of the schools are based in and around Leeds although schools nationwide can take part too. Please see the sidebar for more info.

Publishers may be asked to donate approx 15 copies of their nominated title for all the participating schools and libraries.

Prize Giving Ceremonies

The winner of the Young People’s Comic Awards will be presented in a special ceremony in front of over a hundred of our young judges on Friday 13th November 2015 in coordination with Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival.

The winner will also be celebrated at the British Comic Awards ceremony later that day.


If you would like your reading group to become judges for the Young People's Comic Award, please email Deborah Moody for an information pack:

A reading group can be from a school, public library or a Scouts or Guides troop. If you're curious about getting involved please get in touch.