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 2012 and 31st July 2013. Please note this is a different time frame than the other awards due to the voting process and the school year.
Voting and Judging
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 at the Leeds Library in coordination with the British Comic Awards and Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival in November 2013. Many of the young people who voted in the award will be present.
The winner will also be celebrated at the British Comic Awards ceremony the following day.