Eisner Awards Now Accepting Submissions for 2023

Comic-Con Sets March 31 Deadline

Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event of its kind in the world, has announced that submissions are being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2023 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards.

The tentative categories include best short story, best single issue/one-shot, best continuing series (at least two issues must have been published in 2022), best limited series (at least half of the series must have been published in 2022), best new series, best limited series, best publications for kids and teens, best anthology, best humor publication, best U.S. edition of international material, best graphic album–new, best graphic album–reprint, best reality-based work, best memoir, best adaptation from another medium, best digital comic, best webcomic, best archival collection, best writer, best writer/artist, best penciller/inker (individual or team), best painter (interior art), best lettering, best coloring, best cover artist, best comics journalism periodical or website, best comics-related book, best scholarly/academic work, and best publication design. The judges may add, delete, or combine categories at their discretion.

Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted in more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. Creators can submit materials for consideration if their publisher is either no longer in business or is unlikely to participate in the nomination process. Only ONE copy of each book need be submitted, even it if is being nominated in multiple categories. In addition, pdfs of the works are welcome. The cover letter should list the items being submitted and in what category, and it should include both a mailing address and an e-mail address for the person or company submitting the material. (Guidelines for preparing submissions letters are provided with the downloadable pdf of the Call for Submissions.) There are no entry fees.

All physical submissions should be sent to Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, Comic-Con International, 4375 Jutland Drive, San Diego, CA 92117, before the deadline of March 31.  No submissions should be sent directly to the judges. Note that this is a new address; please do not ship items to State Street or the previous P.O. Box.

The best digital comic and best webcomic categories are open to any new, professionally produced long-form original comics work posted online in 2022. “Digital comics” are complete issues of comics or graphic novels that are available for online viewing or for download. “Webcomics” are comics stories that are serialized online (such as a daily or weekly) and/or that use formats other than the traditional comic book page and take advantage of being online (horizontal, scrolled, etc.). The URLs and any necessary access information should be emailed to Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada: jackie@comic-con.org.

The Eisner Award nominees will be announced in May, and online voting will be available to professionals in the comics industry, including creators, editors, publishers, distributors, and retailers. The results will be announced at the awards ceremony at Comic-Con on Friday, July 21

CLICK HERE for a downloadable pdf of the Call for Entries.

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