Entries are open for this year’s Young People’s Comic Award (YPCA), rewarding outstanding comics suitable for a young audience. The winner will be chosen by young people from dozens of reading groups across the country.
This award is run in association with the Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival and Leeds Library and Information Service. The YPCA will be the only category of the British Comic Awards open this year. Whilst we couldn’t arrange the full BCAs this year (more on why later on) the team at Thought Bubble, Leeds Library and ourselves didn’t want the many, many young people who take part in the YPCA every year to go without their annual discovery of great new British comics.
Any UK based creators or publishers can submit their titles for consideration. Please consider the following before applying:
- The work must have been published for the first time between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.
- The closing date for submissions is Friday 29th July 2016. Publishers and creators can send us advance copies of work due to be released in August.
- Due to the short time frame before the closing date, entries not accompanied by a full PDF copy of the work will be deemed ineligible.
- 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.
- In the case of weekly or monthly anthology titles, the individual strips must be submitted as a collection. For example: 52 issues of The Beano cannot be accepted as one entry, but 52 weeks worth of Dennis the Menace strips can be.
- Nominated titles must be the work of a British based creative team, and the rights to such work should belong to either the creators or a UK publisher. Work by non-UK citizens is eligible if they have resided in the UK for over 3 years outside of education.
- If your title is chosen as a Nominee, the publisher may be asked to donate approx 15 copies of their title for all the participating schools and libraries who will judge the winner.
If your comic meets all the criteria then please send an email, with as much info as possible AND a pdf of the work or a link to where it can be viewed online, to:
Voting and Judging
The shortlisted titles for the YPCA will be chosen by our Committee, who read every entry submitted and then privately chose their Top 5. These votes are then collated to decide the final shortlist. Our Committee this year is:
Zainab Akhtar – Comics journalist and founder of Short Box. @comicsandcola
Abby Bulmer – Cartoonist, illustrator and Travelling Man employee. @abbyryder
Sarah McIntyre – Children’s book illustrator and cartoonist. @jabberworks
David Monteith – Actor, Tutor, Director and co-founder of Geek Syndicate. @davidmonteith
Tom Oldham – Co-founder of Breakdown Press and Events Manager at Gosh!. @
Jonathan Ross – TV presenter and comic writer. @wossy
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 take part too.
The YPCA is managed by Adam Cadwell (BCA Founder), Debbie Moody (Leeds Library), Martha Julian and Biserka Stringer-Horne (Thought Bubble).
The winner of the Young People’s Comic Award will be presented in a special ceremony in front of over a hundred of our young judges on Friday 4th November 2016 in coordination with Thought Bubble Comic Arts Festival.
Why no BCAs?
We are sad to announce that the full 5 categories of the British Comic Awards won’t be taking place this year due to a lack of funding and lack of time on behalf of Awards Manager, Adam Cadwell. It was a difficult decision to put the BCAs on hiatus this year but ultimately we’d rather reorganise and recruit more help for 2017 than run a hastily assembled and disappointing awards for 2016. Heartfelt apologies to all the creators and publishers who have produced amazing work this year who may have had their eye on a BCA.