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ANNOUNCEMENT: BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED COMIC BOOK WRITING COMPETITION!

Comics Empower, the comic book store for the blind and the visually impaired, is proud to announce that we are looking for the next great comic book writers in the blind and visually impaired community! And we’re starting a competition to do it!

 

THE RULES:

* The competition begins on October 6th, 2015. The last day for submissions is March. 6th, 2016.

* Winners will be announced on the last week of March, 2016.

* UPDATE: Participants must write the first issue of a 4-issue comic book series (known as “Limited Series”). The issue must be 22-24 comic book pages long. The story in the limited series must end at the end of the 4th issue. It is possible to leave an opening for a full series, but the story must end in a satisfactory manner at the end of the 4th issue. You will have to send your full script for the first issue plus a synopsis of what happens in issues 2, 3, and 4.

* Format: The files must only include the text and descriptions (no art) in the comic book format introduced by Comics Empower. To hear that format, listen to any Comics Empower comic book. The format and words you hear are the format and words that were on the page. The words you write are the words the voice artist will say.  

* Genre: You may choose any genre: Drama, comedy, fantasy, science fiction, adventure, a period piece, superheroes, and so on.

* Format: Files must be sent in WORD, RTF, or TXT formats.

* Participants must provide proof that they are visually impaired or blind.

* Restrictions: Do not use characters that are owned by others. For example: Do not use Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers, Star Trek, Star Wars, and so on. You may only use characters and worlds that you create.

* How to submit: Send your submission via email to: comicsempower@gmail.com and write WRITING COMPETITION, then the name of your series, in the headline.

* The top 3 winners will have their comic books published by Comics Empower in audio form and available for sale.

* Winners receive 50% of all sales of their comic books.

* Winners’ rights include the right to create physical comic book and be published by any comic book company. We genuinely hope this win will allow blind and visually impaired writers to be discovered by the big comic book companies.

 

 

HELPFUL TIPS:

Writing a comic book is different than writing prose, a movie, or a play.

To know how to write a comic book, you have to: Learn how to create a page, how to decide the order of the panels on a page as well as how many panels should be on each page, how to spread the text throughout the page and the panels, how to time events in the story within the comic book’s pages, how to create comic book cliffhangers, and more.

The only way to learn this is through example. Just as if you want to write a book, you have to read books; or if you want to write a play, you have to see shows; to write a comic book you need to listen to comic books.  If you send a comic book submission without having listened or seen a comic book before, it will be noticeable and you will probably be rejected.

Plus: Check out The First Timer’s Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, which will introduce you to the comic book terminology and format. It’s available for free download here:  http://comicsempower.com/guide.

 

MORE TIPS: The Blind Panels Podcast has a weekly writing tip! Check out the episodes here: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blind-panels

 

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