Young People's Comic Awards


Entries are now open for this year’s Thought Bubble Young People’s Comic Awards. We are looking for the best new comics and graphic novels aimed at a young audience. This award is run in partnership with Leeds Library and Information Service. The British Comic Awards are sadly not taking place in 2017, but we really wanted the Young People’s Award to go ahead so that all the reading groups who get involved each year can discover a whole load of amazing new comics!

Here are the details for any UK-based creators or publishers who might want to submit your work for consideration:

If your comic meets all the criteria then please send an email with the following info to

Publisher (if applicable)
Date of Publication
Format (Print, Digital, Online)
A PDF attachment of the work

Please mark your email ‘Thought Bubble Young People’s Comic Award 2017’. The shortlisted titles for the award will be chosen by our committee of judges, who read every entry submitted and then privately choose their Top 5. These votes are then collated to decide the final shortlist. Our Committee this year is:


Abby Bulmer – Cartoonist, illustrator and Travelling Man employee @abbyryder

Nadia Shireen – Children’s book illustrator, writer and journalist @nadiashireen

David Monteith – Actor, Tutor, Director and co-founder of Geek Syndicate @davidmonteith

Tom Oldham – Co-founder of Breakdown Press and Events Manager at Gosh! @trenchtorso

Woodrow Phoenix – Comic book artist and writer, illustrator, author of children’s books @mrphoenix

The nominated titles are then sent out to participating schools and public library reading groups and are read, discussed and voted for by young people. Most of the schools are based in and around Leeds although schools nationwide take part too.

The Thought Bubble Young People’s Comic Award is managed by Martha Julian and Bess Martin (Thought Bubble) and Debbie Moody (Leeds Library).

The winners will be announced in December 2017.