The Hooded Man Caliburn Prize for Comic Creation (The Caliburn Prize) is a UK comic-based literary grant which recognises new and unpublished voices in the world of comic and graphic novel creation, sponsored by the author Tony Lee through his digital-first publishing imprint, Hooded Man Media, and in association with the London Film & Comic Con (Showmasters Events), The Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (CBLDF) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). It is open to all unpublished UK-based comic creators, with an end goal of assisting them in completing their first finished book.
To be considered, entrants must submit a project containing eight pages of finished comic, a finished cover with logo, a one-page synopsis of the story and a one-page biography list of all creators involved.
The winning entry will be awarded a prize fund of £2,500 at the 2023 London Film & Comic Con on July 8th, to support the completion of their work, a free table and hotel at the 2024 London Film & Comic Con, a year’s membership of both the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (CBLDF) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and an hour-long zoom call with Oriana Leckert, Director of Publishing and Comics Outreach for Kickstarter. Entries are open from 1st January 2024 – 31st May 2024.
The shortlisted candidates will move on to a judging panel including award winning writers, artists, editors, publishers, literary agents and other experts in the industry.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHAEL LOMON, WINNER OF THE 2023 PRIZE!
2023 Short-List Finalists (in no order):
Rose Thornhill and The Troll Bridge – Mike Armstrong
Valaro – Scott Oakley
This Might Surprise You – Hayley Gullen
Exigency – Ryan Morning
Masked Murder – Ewan Power
The Seam – Mark Hooson
People In Paintings – Jinglin Shi
The Edge of Mythos – Ben Larkwood
The Cleaner – Fraser Geesin
NOTE: The Caliburn Prize 2023 is now closed. The prize for 2024 will open on January 1st, 2024.