Saturday, January 09, 2010

NCS Division Awards - Call for Entries

The National Cartoonists Society invites cartoonists -- members and non members -- to submit their published work for award consideration.

The big news is the addition of a new award category, specifically honoring graphic novels.

All of the rules are below, as are links to the 2 forms needed for each entry. I'm the Awards Coordinator this year and I'm glad to answer any questions or concerns.

Here's the press release:

It's time to prepare your entry for the National Cartoonists Society Division Awards.

Below, you will see the list of the juries which will judge the categories, the jury chair and the address to which you will send your entry.

Please remember only recent work can be considered. This means work published between the dates of December 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. Please submit published tear sheets when possible and document when and where the work was published. Members of the National Cartoonists Society and nonmembers may submit.

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed ENTRY FORM and

The winners will be announced at the 64th Annual Reuben Awards Dinner on May 29, 2010.

Cartoonists are invited to submit their work (or the work of anyone else) no later than February 6, 2010, for consideration for one or more of the following Division Awards:

TELEVISION ANIMATION Submit one or more samples in VHS or DVD format of aired or exhibited work that was released in the year 2009 to: Brian Walker, NCS Connecticut Chapter, 34 Old Forge Rd., Wilton, CT 06897-3707 (

FEATURE ANIMATION Submit one or more samples in VHS or DVD format of aired or exhibited work that was released in the year 2009 to: David Folkman, NCS Los Angeles Chapter, 6171 W. Century Blvd. #160, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (

NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION Submit 6 samples of published work to: Jack Pittman, NCS Southeast Chapter, 1740 Brooks Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607-6618 (

GAG CARTOONS Submit 12 samples of published work to: Tom Stemmle, NCS New Jersey Chapter, 184 Richards Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (

GREETING CARDS Submit 6 samples of published work to: Brian Kelly, NCS Chicago Chapter, 6N782 Colonel Bennett Lane, St. Charles, IL 60175 (

NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS Submit 12 samples of published work to: Mike Edholm, NCS North Central Chapter, 2108 Sandstone Road, Lincoln, NE 68512 (

NEWSPAPER PANEL CARTOONS Submit 12 samples of published work to: Patricia Storms, NCS Canadian Chapter, 65 Bernice Crescent, Toronto, Ontario CANADA M6N 1W7 (

MAGAZINE FEATURE/MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION Submit 6 samples of published work to: Adrian Sinnott, NCS Long Island Chapter, 27 East 24th Street, Huntington Station, NY 11746-3701 (

BOOK ILLUSTRATION Send up to 6 samples of published work to: Rob Smith, Jr., NCS Florida Chapter, PO Box 540103, Orlando, FL 32854-0103 (

EDITORIAL CARTOONS Submit 12-20 samples of published work to: Mark Parisi, NCS New England Chapter, 16 Slayton Rd., Melrose, MA 02176 (

ADVERTISING ILLUSTRATION Submit 4 samples of published and marketed work to: David Coulson, NCS Pittsburgh Chapter, 6425 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (

COMIC BOOKS Submit 3 samples of published work to: Doug Bratton, NCS Metro Chapter, 17 Crestmont Drive, Dover, NJ07801 (

GRAPHIC NOVELS Submit book published in 2009 to: Mike Lynch, NCS National Representative, 61 Nutes Road, Milton, NH 03851-4800 (

Once again: Each entry must be accompanied by a completed ENTRY FORM and a BIO SHEET.

The submission deadline is February 6, 2010.


The Lite Stuff said...

Does "web publishing" count? What about
"self-published" greeting cards?

Mark Doeffinger

Mike Lynch said...

Thanks for your questions, Mark.

Web publishing and self-published greeting cards are not NCS award categories.

Anonymous said...

Do you know of any? Re: previous question.



Mike Lynch said...

Hi Sheila,

There are a good number of awards for Web cartoonists out there. All I suggest is Googling "webcomics awards." Hope this helps.

Anonymous said...

Great! Thanks Mike!

Unknown said...

Just curious, but didn't the North Central Chapter just judge the comic strip category in 2007?

Mark T

Unknown said...

Is it international or just for the US?

Unknown said...

What if works were published without compensation?

Mike Lynch said...

Hey Mark T - Sorry to say, I don't have that information in front of me.

Pingolito - International entries are welcome.

Kim - The awards recognize published cartoon work. Unless I misunderstood your question, compensation is a separate contractual matter between you and the client.

Unknown said...

Thank you Mike!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Mike. What I was getting at was are works that were published but not paid for eligible? i.e. do they have to be "professional" or merely "published"?

Unknown said...

P.S., the links to the 2 forms don't seem to work

Mike Lynch said...

Hi Kim,

I tried those links and they work OK for me. Please try again if you don't mind.

I'm sorry for the confusion. The awards honor published work. The amount of money you may or may not have been paid is not part of the criteria.

If you have any other concerns, you're welcome to email me.

Unknown said...

You don't have that information in front of you? Is it behind you?

Also, another question fer the NCS doing a mailing this year with all of this information to NCS members, or should we download the entry forms?

Mike Lynch said...

Current NCS members will receive a mailing. It was sent out on Monday, January 11.

Unknown said...

Gotcha. Didn't know if they were saving on shipping costs this year which, in a digital age, makes sense.

Thanks, Mike!

Unknown said...

Hello again, just to make it clear... International entries are allowed... But what i meant and still have doubt is if its only for US citizens, cuz i know someone who might apply but its not from the US

Mike Lynch said...

Hi Pingolito. Anyone may enter. They do not have to be a US citizen.

Unknown said...

Ah! that's good news! :D Thank you Mike!

Anonymous said...

what date are you going to announce the nominees?

Mike Lynch said...

Emma, thanks for asking. The winners were announced in May. Here's a link: