Comic Book Making Contest for Kids and Teens 2023

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Thank you to everyone that participated in the Comic Book Making Contest. The top entries for this year have been chosen, and you can read them by clicking the links below.

1st - 4th School Grade

5th - 8th School Grade

9th - 12th School Grade


Information for the Comic Book Making Contest for Kids and Teens 2023

Kids and Teens are invited to make their own comic book and submit them to the Salinas Public Library.  Running from April 3, 2023 – June 17, 2023, Salinas Public Library’s Comic Book Making Contest is open to kids and teenagers from the Monterey County. Prizes and art supplies will be awarded to the winners.

Submission Guidelines

  • Open to kids and teens, 1st – 12th grade.

  • Limited to a minimum length of 2 pages and maximum length of 20­­ pages, including cover page.

  • Entries should be submitted as PDF, JPG, PNG, or physical paper.

  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitting author, no copyrighted material.

  • Participants may collaborate on a comic book; should a prize be awarded it will be for the submitted work not per creator.

  • Open to all subjects and themes.

  • Entries must 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, June 17, 2023.

  • Open to Monterey County residents.

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

  1. Complete an Online Submission Form.

  2. Print an Entry Form (PDF) for in-person submission. Turn it in to one of the library branches along with a copy of your graphic novel entry. 

  3. Email an Entry Form (PDF) along with a PDF copy of your comic book entry to Luis.Manzo [at] or Fernando.Rodriguez [at]


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

Art Group and Prizes

  • 1st – 4th School Grade - Art supplies awarded to top three entries.

  • 5th – 8th School Grade - Art supplies awarded to top three entries.

  • 9th – 12th School Grade - Art supplies awarded to top three entries.

Winners will be announced on Thursday, July 6, 2023.