The Minicomic Awards is an annual virtual showcase founded by cartoonists Leslie Hung and Sloane Leong that spotlights the unique, challenging, and under-recognized work in this short form medium.
For most cartoonists, minicomics are the form in which they begin to develop their storytelling skills and also the place they return to experiment and push their techniques, voices, and the medium further. Their accessibility also means we get a bounty of incredibly unique work across a wide range of genres and from a variety of marginalized perspectives. The Cartoonist Cooperative is excited to continue spotlighting groundbreaking, under-the-radar work and hopefully encourage more people to make minicomics!
Guest Judges: Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsh
AUTOBIO: <now I can never know you more than those white walls> by Edgar/Siyuan Wen
HORROR: Sediment – Bhanu Pratap
SCIFI: SPEIROCHORY – Karenza Sparks
FANTASY: Why don’t you like me? – Gaia Papoila
ROMANCE: when it started – Leecie
The 2023 awards were sponsored by Shing Yin Khor, Erica Schultz, Steve Lieber, an anonymous donor, Bulgilhan Press, Tommy Rodricks & Leslie Hung, Emily Carroll, Kris Mukai, Jam, Andrea from White Squirrel, Yuko Ota & Anath Hirsh, Silver Sprocket, Sloane Leong, and David Brothers. Winners with print editions of their minicomic will also be featured at Wakeup Comics in Nashville, TN. Thanks to those sponsors, each winner was awarded $1000 USD!
Guest Judge: Kris Mukai
AUTOBIO/NONFIC: You Meet in a Moonlit Clearing… – Barbara Benas
HORROR: Devil’s Pawn – (W) Aysha U. Farah (A) Megan Llewellyn
SCIFI: ARC29 4.3 – Marc Michaud
FANTASY: Made in Heaven Inc. – Kruttika Susarla
ROMANCE: My Cicadas Are Dead – Jade L.F.T Peters
The 2022 awards were sponsored by Steve Lieber, Zach Clemente, Kris Mukai, Casey Lucas, Nicolette Bocalon, MK Reed, Dick Blick and Portland comic shop Books With Pictures where the winners’ comics will be available in store or online! Thanks to those sponsors, each winner was awarded $400!
- Submissions are open from January 1st to February 1st, 2024.
- Please submit minicomics self-published in 2023.
- Minicomics should be 32 pages or less.
- Multiple submissions are welcome.
- Anyone in the world is welcome to submit but the judges can only read English. We’ll do our best if your work is in another language!
- Original work only. No fan comics or work that features IP not your own.
- Excerpts of ongoing or serialized work are welcome but must be within the page limit.
- Romance (this category includes erotica)
Note: There are no content restrictions, if you’d like to give us a content note, feel free.