Hey, aspiring comics creators! Prism Comics is currently accepting submissions for this year’s Queer Press Grant (QPG)! Prism established the QPG to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBTQ comics. It’s the only grant in existence today specifically awarded to independent comic book creators, so don’t miss this opporunity to take your work to the next level!
The submission deadline for the QPG is October 1, 2012. The recipient will be announced during the Alternative Press Expo (APE), October 13-14, in San Francisco. Applicants can submit online now at prismcomics.org/grant.
“The Queer Press Grant is a significant resource to help promote LGBT themes in independent comics, and to support up-and-coming cartoonists bringing their projects into the world. Every year, the QPG gives both financial support and extra publicity to a worthy recipient,” says Justin Hall, Prism’s Talent Relations Chair and previous grant recipient.
The Queer Press Grant is awarded to a comics writer/artist or team working on a project with significant LGBT characters and themes, to assist them in publishing a new project or expanding an existing one. Comic books, comic strips, webcomics and graphic novel projects are all eligible. Entries are judged first and foremost on artistic merit, followed by concerns such as financial need, proposal presentation and the project’s contribution to the LGBT community. Grant guidelines can be found at prismcomics.org/grant.
Since its inception, the Queer Press Grant has been awarded to Robert Kirby (2011, for Three); Tana Ford (2010, for Duck); Jon Macy (2010, for Fearful Hunter); Ed Luce (2009, for Wuvable Oaf); Eric Orner (2009 for Storybox); Pam Harrison (2008, for House of the Muses); Justin Hall (2007, for Glamazonia); Tommy Roddy (2007, for Pride High); Megan Gedris (2006, for YU+ME); and Steve MacIsaac (2005, for Shiftlifter).
The Queer Press Grant is funded entirely by donations, generally from comic book professionals and readers, as well as fundraising efforts from Prism members. You can also donate directly to the QPG, by going to Prism’s donation page.