First Graphic Novel Competition

Myriad is now looking for sponsorship for the next Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, to be held in 2017. The competition is open to authors who have not previously had a full-length graphic work published. The two previous competitions have provided a unique opportunity for creators to see their debut graphic novel in print, furthering Myriad’s mission to encourage and nurture new talent, and to provide opportunities for established artists who have not previously embarked upon a full-length work.

For a full report on what the competition has meant to winners and shortlisted entrants, as well as a view from a selection of judges, we cannot do better than to ask you to read this wonderful round-up by Andy Oliver, Editor-in-Chief, Broken Frontier: Sponsoring the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2017 – Winners, Finalists and Judges on the vital importance of this crucial UK comics institution. For sponsorship details, please contact

The winner has the opportunity to develop their work with Myriad’s creative and editorial team, with a view to future publication. The work is chosen purely on the strength and promise of the art and writing. Authors are asked to submit 15-30 pages of a work in progress.

Black-Project-front-cover-HRThe winner of the inaugural First Graphic Novel Competition, held in 2012, was The Black Project by Gareth Brookes, published in September 2013 to much acclaim. Gareth’s second graphic novel for Myriad, A Thousand Coloured Castles, will be published in 2017. Myriad also signed up books by three other shortlisted authors from the 2013 competition: Hannah Eaton‘s Naming Monsters (2013), Ian Williams‘s The Bad Doctor (2014) and Paula Knight‘s The Facts of Life (March, 2017).

The winner of the 2014 competition, Jade Sarson, is now celebrating the recent publication of  For the Love of God, Marie! (July 2016). Publishers’ Weekly said of the author: ‘As this debut graphic novel shows, UK cartoonist Sarson is an up-and-coming talent to watch’ while Page45 wrote ‘This is a book so bursting with love that it will make your hearts SOAR!’

Jade Sarson’s win in 2014 was announced at a packed event at the British Library in London, as part of the UK’s biggest ever exhibition of comic art, Comics Unmasked.

As with the previous competition, Jade’s work was selected from a very strong shortlist including Francesca Cassavetti, Wallis Eates, Jessica Martin, Robert Wells and Henny Beaumont, whose graphic memoir, Hole in the Heart, was also published by Myriad in 2016.

For a full report of the evening, please read judge Andy Oliver’s report on the Broken Frontier website.