2023 Graphic Novel Making Contest

About This Project

If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter the San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest, for all ages, as part of our 2023 Summer Learning Program. Submissions will be curated into collections that will be shared with library users all over San José—and beyond!


Submission Guidelines

Sharing Your Content

Additional Information

Create your own comic book/graphic novel with a maximum length of 8 pages, including the cover page. Use letter-size paper (8.5 x 11) with black-and-white drawings and text on one side only.

Each submission must be the creative and original work of the submitting author/illustrator(s). Any submissions with more than one author/illustrator will be considered a single entry judged under the age category of the oldest author/illustrator listed and will share any prizes possibly awarded.

The contest is limited to amateur authors/ illustrators only.

Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are your original work (no clip art or A.I. generated art/text).

San José Public Library reserves the right to reproduce your work. You can reuse all your work after the contest.

If you use the BiblioBoard Portal to submit your entry to the Graphic Novel Making Contest, you will not need to submit a completed Entry Form. You will agree to the Entry Form terms by agreeing to the Terms set forth by BiblioBoard at the end of the submission process.

Digital entries may be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, July 31.

There is a limit of one entry per contestant(s).
Entries will be judged using a rubric scale covering the following: overall story, originality, creativity and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals.

For more information, and to view the judging criteria, please visit San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Webpage (https://www.sjpl.org/graphicnovels). Any questions or concerns regarding your submission through the BiblioBoard Portal can be sent to: graphicnovels@sjlibrary.org. Please allow up to 3 business days for a reply.

San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate. This contest is open to all California residents.

Submission Deadline

July 31, 2023

File Types Accepted