The Cape Observer Comica Graphic Short Story Prize  has been running for eight years, discovering the writers and artists of the future.

The judges for 2015 include Peep Show co-creator Sam Bain and acclaimed graphic novelist Karrie Fransman (The House That Groaned and Death of the Artist) alongside the regular panel of judges: Dan Franklin, publisher at Jonathan Cape; Suzanne Dean, creative director of Random House; Paul Gravett, director of the Comica Festival and the Observer’s Rachel Cooke.

Judging took place on 9 October 2015.

Short List Exhibition Launch Party

The Orbital Gallery at Orbital Comics in London launches an exhibition of the short-listed finalists (and past winners) and celebrates with an Opening Party on Thursday 15 October from 7pm.

These are the eleven finalists in the shortlist in alphabetical order by surname.

  • Beth Dawson, Leeds.  “Getaway”
  • Matthew Dooley, London. “Pints, Putting and the End of the World”
  • Paul Fitzgerald, Oxford. “And Then”
  • Rebecca K. Jones, Harrow. “Lazy Sunday”
  • Seokhan Jung, London. “Back Soon”
  • Jiey Kim, Kingston. “Square”
  • Candice Purwin, Edinburgh. “Matinee”
  • Teresa Robertson, London. “Tarquin”
  • Sam, Rowe, Bristol. “Onyeka”
  • Olivia Wailer, East Sussex. “Stuffed”
  • Richard Woods, Crosby. ‘The Giants of Football”

Prize Winner in 2014

Graphic Short Story Prizewinner 2014 Alexis Deacon

Last year’s prize, which was won by Alexis Deacon for “The River”, attracted a record number of entries.

“I entered because I’d been finding it very hard to convince people this was something I could do,” said Deacon after his triumph.

Winner Annoucement – 24 October 2015 from 6pm

Winners of the Graphic Short Story 2015 Announced

The winner and runner-up of the Cape Observer Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2015 was be announced at a special event at Orbital Comics from 6pm on Saturday 24 October 2015. All were welcome.

Previous winners and finalists including past winners Julian Hanshaw, Alexis Deacon, Corban Wilkin and Emily Haworth-Booth, as well as short-listed nominees.

Cape Graphic novelists were among the guests and signed their work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the creators of tomorrow … today!

The winner’s story was published in The Observer newspaper and on their website on Sunday 25 October 2015.

For more details visit Cape’s Prize website and read Shorties, their digital sampler of previous winners.

Deadline for 2015 entries closed on Friday 2 October 2015.

The exhibition continues until 1 November 2015.

Poster for the show at Orbital Comics for the Graphic Short Story Prize 2015
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