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Posted by Lara, July 25, 2022

An open call for graphic novel submissions

Are you a writer or writer-illustrator with a great graphic novel up your sleeve? We want to hear from you!

At Nosy Crow, we pride ourselves on publishing talented authors and illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds across a range of formats, and we are hugely excited to add fresh and original graphic novels to this range. As long-time readers of graphic novels, we are passionate about the storytelling possibilities they present as well as the opportunity to reach even more readers and to foster a genuine love for reading in all its forms.

If you are a creator of graphic novels, read on for information on our submission guidelines!

What we are looking for:

An exciting, commercial graphic novel for children between the ages of 5-12, in any fiction genre. The main characters can be humans, animals, fantasy creatures or a mixture – the possibilities are endless!

If you are new to children’s publishing, standard target age ranges are 5-7, 7-9 and 9-12. We recommend you look at already published fiction books and graphic novels in the market to get an idea of what is out there.

Entry criteria:

Please send the following to [email protected]:

  • A graphic novel script/story (about anything for children aged 5-12 and minimum five sides of A4)
  • A one-page synopsis
  • A short biography (max 300 words)

If you are an illustrator, please also send:

  • Max three double-page spreads of your graphic novel
  • Links to further sample artwork in your portfolio
  • Submissions can be in black-and-white or full colour

Please send no more than three submissions per person.

Submissions window: 1st August 2022 to 30th September 2022. Unfortunately, any submissions received after this time will be deleted.

Formats accepted are:

  • Adobe PDF for illustration spreads
  • Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (or similar) for script, synopsis and biography
  • PDFs should be no more than 5MB in total

Your submission must be:

  • Unpublished anywhere in the world
  • In the English language
  • By someone aged 18 or older

The Fiction team will review all submissions sent in the two-month window. We aim to reply to everyone, whether you are successful or not. However, we are hoping for a large volume of submissions, so it may take some time to get back to you. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back immediately!

If you forget an attachment in your email, don’t worry. Please resend your whole submission and let us know at the top, so we can delete your previous email.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]nosycrow.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Good luck!

Halimah Manan