Dundee Comics Prize 2020

The theme of the 2020 Dundee Comics Prize is ‘New Worlds’. We encourage submissions that explore this theme through the medium of comics. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, discovery, innovation, space exploration, and fantastic or imagined worlds. Any genre or approach will be considered. There will be a series of events in November 2020 as part of the Being Human Festival. The launch of the comic, New Worlds, will be on Friday 20th November 2020. We will also launch Pandemic Tales, a comic that showcases responses to the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, reflecting on the ways we have all had to adjust to this strange new world over the last year. Under current restrictions we are sorry to say that we cannot host an event in Dundee Comics Creative Space as we have every year since 2015, so we are planning an online launch and a virtual meeting. Details of this will be posted on the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies website soon.

Entries to the competition should take the form of a minimum 5 pages of completed comic art. The prize is £500, plus publication of the story. Stories by runners-up may also be published if suitable. The deadline for submissions is Monday 9th November 2020. The announcement will be made on Friday 20th November 2020.

The aim of the competition is to nurture comics talent. Anyone can enter and the submission can be in any style, in black and white or colour, but the work must be finished to a high standard (lettered, inked, etc), and must be a complete story, suitable for publication at A4 size. The work must be original, and it must not have been already published already elsewhere. High resolution quality electronic files are requested (do not send us original artwork). The prize is awarded to the creator or team who produce the work. If the comic is collaborative the members of the team share the prize money equally. All winners (including runners-up) will be asked to provide a short account of how the comic was created, along with any relevant photos and sketches that can be used on a website or in the publication. The decision of the judging panel is final.

All queries and submissions should be sent to Professor Christopher Murray at: c.murray@dundee.ac.uk

Please send large files via wetransfer.

More information is available here.

Information about Being Human is available here.

Digital Comics Club: Back in Action!

Now that the schools are going back, we’re switching up our Digital Comics Club scheduling! Going forward, comics prompts will be posted every Tuesday afternoon. Let’s get started with our first prompt of the term.

You’re going back to school!
What are you looking forward to? What are your worries?


Make a comic about how you feel.


Whatever you may feel about going back to school during a global pandemic, know that your feelings are valid, and you are not alone.

Drawn From Experience: Moving From Primary School to Secondary School

Dundee Comics Creative Space has been hard at work on a new book! Drawn From Experience is a comic for young people who are transitioning from primary to secondary school, inspired by the experiences of S1s at Harris Academy.

The transition this year will be challenging in new and different ways, but we hope that this comic can help. Click here or on the image below to download!



Cover artwork by Katie Quinn

This project was led by Fiona Stirling, Moira Foster, and Elaine Hallyburton, and the book was edited by Rebecca Horner, Fiona Stirling, and Hailey Austin. The brilliant artists that brought these stories to life are Olivia Hicks, Catriona Laird, Ashling Larkin, Norrie Millar, Katie Quinn, and Millie Strachan!