nAre you a queer comics creator or do you know someone who is? Is there a new comic you love that features well-executed LGBTQAI+ representation? Then we have good news: the 2019 Prism Awards are accepting submissions until Feb. 15!
For the last three years, the Cartoon Art Museum, Prism Comics and the Queer Comics Expo have presented the Prism Awards to recognize phenomenal fiction and non-fiction comics by queer creators. According to a press release, “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.”
These are the awards categories:
- Best Short Form Comic
- Best Webcomic
- Best Comic from a Small to Midsize Press
- Best Comic from a Mainstream Publisher
- Best Comic Anthology
Works created or first published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018, are eligible for submission to the 2019 Prism Awards, so long as they have not been submitted before. Additionally, creators can submit up to three titles for consideration. An impartial panel of judges featuring comics professionals like authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians will review submissions and determine three nominees in each category. Then, they will choose winners and honorable mentions.
Nominees will be announced at San Francisco’s Queer Comics Expo in April, while winners and honorable mentions will be announced at San Diego Comic Con in July. Stay tuned for exact dates!
If you have yet to submit your work to the 2019 Prism Awards, be sure to check out the complete information and guidelines, then submit your work via this form.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.