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Man Caliburn Prize for Comic Creation (The Caliburn Prize) is a UK comic-based literary grant which recognises new and unpublished voices in the world of comic and graphic novel creation, sponsored by the author Tony Lee through his digital-first publishing imprint, Hooded Man Media, and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 It is open to all unpublished UK-based comic creators, with an end goal of assisting them in completing their first finished book.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 2024 London Film & Comic Con in July, to support the completion of their work, a free table and hotel at the 2025 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 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.
“Winning the 2023 Caliburn Prize has had a huge impact on my creative life as a comic book artist. It has granted access to a host of industry professionals whose input has been invaluable as well as assisting me in successfully Kickstarting my first full length graphic novel.
To have a prize that offers such a range of opportunities, in addition to financial support and recognition within this often undervalued industry is fantastic and ensures that new creators have a better chance of finding an audience and levelling up their practice.”
Michael Lomon, 2023 Caliburn Prize recipient