In a video posted to the Prism Comics YouTube Channel on Monday, December 27th, 2021, the Fifth Annual Prism Awards, which honor excellence in LGBTQ+ comics and graphic novels, were released!

The Prism Awards are presented by the Cartoon Art Museum, the Queer Comics Expo, and Prism Comics, and they seek to “recognize, promote, and celebrate diversity and excellence in queer comics and graphic novels. Winner and Finalist Awards are presented to comic works by queer creators that promote the growing body of diverse, powerful, innovative, positive or challenging representations of LGBTQAI+ characters and stories in fiction or nonfiction comics.”

If you are interested, you can find the finalists and judges for each category here.

And without further ado, here is a listing of the winners!

Fifth Annual Prism Award Winners


Superpose by Seosamh and Anka.

Short Form Comics

God Sees Me Crying in the Bathroom Stall by Vincy Lim.

Small/Midsize Press

To Cut by Noella Whitney.

Mainstream Press

The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado, Dani, Tamra Bonvillain, and Steve Wands, with cover art by Sam Wolfe Connelly and J.A.W. Cooper.


A.B.O. Comix: A Queer Prisoners Anthology Vol. 4 from A.B.O. Comics, edited by Casper Cendre.

Young Readers (13 & Under)

The Deep and Dark Blue by Niki Smith.

Congratulations for Queer Comics!

If you’d like to read up on the Fourth Annual Prism Awards in 2020, you can do so here.

Did you get a chance to watch the Fifth Annual Prism Awards on YouTube? Have you had the opportunity to read any of the winning comics yet? Can you think of any queer comics released in 2021 that you’re hoping to see take home a win at the Sixth Annual Prism Awards?

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