Scholastic Seeks New Graphic Novelists Through Contest
Scholastic, the well-known children’s book publisher and distributor, is the parent of Graphix, which puts out acclaimed graphic novels, including the perpetual best-selling Smile, Sunny Side Up, and the color edition of Bone: Out from Boneville. They describe the imprint as focusing on “creator-driven books that bring exceptional art, rich content, and strong storytelling to realistic fiction, memoir, fantasy, and more.”
Now, they want to find new talent, so they’ve launched a contest. If you are unpublished, a U.S. resident, at least 18 years old, and not currently under contract with another publisher, you can enter. (Not sure how the web relates to “unpublished” — I’m assuming they mean traditional print.) They’ll pick up to five winners who will receive a $15,000 advance and a publishing offer.
Entries should consist of a PDF with 12 pages of final art and text, a synopsis, and an artist’s statement. Submissions are due by April 1, 2017, with winners announced in late June next year. For full details, visit their website.
They’re looking for “new, innovative, diverse talent… beyond those already involved in the publishing world,” according to David Saylor, founder and Editorial Director of Graphix. Various genres are welcome so long as they have “strong storytelling and engaging art.” (However, keep in mind the kid and teen audience.) Graphix editors will be appearing at various conventions to promote the contest, although the only one announced so far is the just-past San Diego Comic-Con.