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During the recent Image Expo at Seattle’s Emerald City Comic-Con, independent comic book publisher Image Comics announced the launch of the Creators for Creators initiative. Creators for Creators is an initiative started to help creators keep their work and teach them how to navigate in the business. The publisher has now released more detailed information; including who is eligible and how prospective creators can apply. The recipient will receive mentorship from a list of well-known creators as well as a $30,000 grant. The winner could be any creator from any spectrum of the comics universe, the whole industry is wide-open.
The goal of the Creators for Creators grant is to support original comics work from new creators. Applicants must either be a single creator or a writer-artist duo with joint ownership of the submitted work.
Each applicant must be eighteen years old or older, and the work cannot have been submitted to a publishing company or similar entity within the past year. The Creators for Creators grant is international, so there are no geographic restrictions on applicants.
Applicants must have never had solo work published by a third-party publisher. Self-published work is acceptable, as is participation in anthologies, but any non-anthology industry publication is unacceptable.
Eligible stories for proposal must be between 64-100 pages upon completion. Works may be intended for print or digital distribution of any type, but must be wholly new works—no reprints.
How To Apply:
To apply, please right-click and save the C4C Grant Application and Instructions and C4C Submission and Release Agreement, carefully read the instructions and terms, fill them out, and email them and your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the application not covered on this submissions page, please email email@example.com.
A completed submission must include a signed release agreement for each applicant and the grant application, including a bio, proposal, and sequential art sample as described in the instructions.
The submission period lasts from May 1st, 2016 to November 1, 2016, and the eventual recipient of the grant will be chosen by an anonymous selection committee.