I’m not a big fan of all these “break into comics” competitions, as by and large they tend to be gimmicks, designed more for the sake of publicity than actually finding talented newcomers. But this one looks to be pretty solid: Eagle Awards Initiative. Organized by the same folks behind the long-running British “Eagle Awards,” they are open to previously unpublished creators (self-published books seem to be ok, as they define professionals as ones that have received a page rate from a publisher).
Entries, which will be considered on their individual merits, will be judged by a panel of the industry’s top talents. Each should be a clearly told, self contained story of between 4 and 10 pages with no restrictions as to genre. Entrants can be a single writer/artist, a writer and artist, or a writer, penciller and inker team…The winner will have their story published in print and digitally, in multiple languages, and have it available to anyone on the planet.
A cash prize is on offer to the top three entries as voted by the judges:
They’ve definitely rounded up an impressive list of folks as judges:
Karen Berger (Executive Editor, Vertigo)
Ellen Abramowitz (Chairman/President, MOCCA)
Tom Brevoort (Editor, Marvel)
Diana Schutz (Editor, Dark Horse)
and a ton of other prominent editors, writers, and artists, including Jeff Smith, Bryan Talbot, Mark Waid, Dave Gibbons, Becky Cloonan, Peter Bagge, etc.
Deadline for entry is November 1, 2010. So head on over and read the submissions guidelines.