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Graphic Novel Contest For Kids and Teens 2021

Kids and Teens are invited to create their own comic stories and submit them to the Salinas Public Library.  Running from June 1, 2021 – July 31, 2021, the Salinas Public Library’s Graphic Novel Contest is open to kids and teenagers from the Monterey County area. Prizes and art supplies will be awarded to the winners. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Open to Monterey County residents.
  • Open to Kids and Teens, 1st – 12th grade.
  • Limited to a maximum length of 15­­ pages, including cover page.
  • Entries should be submitted as PDF, JPEG, or PNG.
  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitting author, no copyrighted material.
  • Open to all subjects and themes.
  • Entries should be library appropriate.
  • Salinas Public Library reserves the right to reproduce your work.
  • One entry per participant.
  • Consider submitting a photocopy as submissions are non-returnable.
  • Submission deadline is Saturday, July 31, 2021

How to Submit Your Graphic Novel (3 Ways to Submit)

  1. Complete a Submission Form online (You need a Gmail account to submit it this way).
  2. Print Entry Form for In-Person Submission. Turn it in to one of the library branches along with a copy of your graphic novel entry. 
  3. Email Entry Form and a copy of your graphic novel entry to Luis.Manzo [at]


Entries will be judged on overall story, originality, creativity, and illustrations by a panel of library and community professionals.

Art Group and Prizes

  • 1st – 4th School Grade - Art supplies awarded to 1st, 2nd place, and 3rd place.
  • 5th – 8th School Grade - Art supplies awarded to 1st, 2nd place, and 3rd place.
  • 9th – 12th School Grade - Art supplies awarded to 1st, 2nd place, and 3rd place.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 2, 2021.

Graphic Novel Conferences: June 9th - June 23rd

Chris Grine
Wednesday, June 9th @ 11: 00AM
Graphic Novel Creator
Author of Secrets of Camp Whatever, The Invasion (Animorphs), and Eisner Award-nominated Chickenhare and Time Shifters.
Watch the interview here.

Jarod Pratt & Jey Odin
Friday, June 11th @ 11:00 AM

Jarod Pratt
writer from Detroit, Michigan.
Graphic Novel Creators
Author/Writer of Lemonade Code.
Watch the interview here.

Yehudi Mercado
Wednesday June 16th @ 11:00 AM
Writer, Artist, Director
Yehudi Mercado is a former pizza delivery driver and art director for Disney Interactive. He is currently a writer-artist-director living in Los Angeles by way of Austin Texas.
Watch the interview here.

J. Torres
Wednesday June 23rd @ 11:00 AM
Graphic Novel Creator
Best known for his run on DC Comics' Teen Titans Go, the Silver Birch Express finalist Planet Hockey, the Eisner-nominated Alison Dare, and the Junior Library Guild/TD Summer Reading Club title Bigfoot Boy. Author of Brobotsand the Shoujo Shenanigans, and Lola: A Ghost Story.
Watch the interview here.

If you have any questions please contact Luis Alejandre at Luis.Manzo [at] or Christopher Brant at Christopherb [at]