The Laydeez do Comics Prize

The Laydeez do Comics Women’s Prize for Unpublished Graphic Novels in Progress

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The call for entries for the Laydeez do Comics Prize 2018 is now closed.

The Laydeez do Comics Award is the first women-only prize for a graphic novel work in progress by a UK-based creator. This represents a recognition and celebration of the wealth of comics work currently being produced by female-identifying people based in the UK.

LDC’s interest has always been in the drama of the everyday and the autobiographical. Within that remit we are looking for original and innovative work in progress, that stretch definitions of the comics form as well as the subject matter. The Laydeez do Comics prize will be awarded to the  graphic novel work in progress that, in the opinion of the judges, shows the most potential.


First Prize: £2,000
Five shortlisted entries:  £200 each.

Deadline for entry: 13 January 2018
Longlist announced: 12 February
Shortlist announced: 26 February 2018
Final winner announced: 24 March 2018 

All shortlisted entries will also receive a one-to-one free Laydeez Review session  including a critique of their work, as well as professional advice from an acclaimed graphic novelist.


The judging panel is made up of five invited women, with one vote per judge. The judges have been carefully selected to represent a range of interests and varying knowledge of the graphic novel form.

Bobby Baker: Activist and multi-disciplinary artist working across performance, drawing and multi media. Artistic director of arts organisation Daily Life.
Kripa Joshi:  Illustrator and Comic Artist from Nepal based in the UK.She has self-published her comics and sells them online and at comic conventions. The character Miss Moti has been a part of various anthologies.
Sarah Lightman (Joint chair): Artist, curator, writer and scholar. 
Lola Olufemi: Cambridge University Student Union Women’s Officer and English Literature Student. 
Nicola Streeten (Joint chair): Illustrator, graphic novelist and comic scholar.


If your question is still unanswered, please email

What do you mean by “woman”?
We welcome entries from people who self-identify as female, including trans and non-binary people.

Can I enter this prize if I am entering the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel Competition?
Yes we urge you to enter both, we consider the LDC prize as complementary.

I have a publishing contract for my work, but it hasn’t been published yet, can I enter?
No, sorry.

Can I enter if I am a student?
Yes, the competition is open to everyone who identifies as female and is based in the UK.

I do not consider myself British, but I live in the UK, can I enter?
Yes, if your main place of residence is the UK, you are eligible to enter.

I have a short story comic, can I enter?
No, sorry. The competition is looking for opening extracts from long form works that are in progress and show promise for development. By “long form” we mean the final work is expected to be in book form in excess of 200 pages.

I have not finished my graphic novel, can I enter?
We are inviting submission of the first 12 pages of a longer work. We ask that you include a short written synopsis of the overall narrative. We do not expect you to have completed the whole work, the prize money is intended to go towards supporting this activity. However, we do expect you to have the idea fully formed. We are looking for work that shows potential and will have an audience.

I have written the script for a graphic novel but have not found an artist, can I enter?
No, sorry. We will not accept written scripts and we will not consider collaborative works. We will only be considering works produced by one person.

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