The Prism Awards are presented annually by The Cartoon Art Museum, Prism Comics, and The Queer Comics Expo to both fiction and non-fiction comics works by queer authors. 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.
One award will be given in each of the following categories: Best Short Form Comic, Best Webcomic, Best Comic From A Small To Midsize Press, Best Comic From A Mainstream Publisher and Best Comic Anthology. Finalists will also receive recognition.
Eligible work must have been made or first published between January 1 and December 31, 2018 and never before submitted to these Awards. All submissions will be reviewed by an impartial panel of judges made up of professionals in the field of comics, including authors, scholars, reviewers and librarians.
THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR THE PRISM AWARDS CLOSES FEBRUARY 15, 2019 AT 11:59 PM PST. Three Nominees in each category for the Prism Awards will be announced at the Queer Comics Expo in the San Francisco in April 2019 (dates to be announced). Winners and Honorable Mention will be announced at Comic-Con International San Diego, Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2019 (date to be announced).
Additional information and guidelines for submission can be found here.
SUBMISSION ARE ALSO OPEN FOR THE 2019 PRISM COMICS QUEER PRESS GRANT.
The Grant is awarded annually to help emerging independent queer comic book creators publish and promote their comics. Since its inception, the Queer Press Grant has fostered many important works representing excellence and diversity in LGBTQAI+ comics:
Comic books, comic strips, webcomics and graphic novel projects are all eligible. Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit and contributions to the LGBTQAI+ community, followed by evaluation of financial need and proposal presentation.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE QUEER PRESS GRANT CLOSE AT 5 PM PST ON MARCH 1, 2019. Entries are judged first and foremost by artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation, and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. The judges also lean towards projects that are more fully realized — we want to see many pages of sequential art, rather than an idea with sketches. The Queer Press Grant is awarded to an amateur artist who hasn’t yet gotten a mainstream publisher. They are reviewed by the Prism Board, past recipients of the Grant and Prism’s Advisory Board.
The Recipient of the Grant will be announced at one of Prism Comics’ panels at Wondercon Anaheim– March 29 – March 31, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.