Competition for aspiring graphic novelists

'but i can't' cropped image cr Corban Wilkin

Scenes from ‘but i can’t’ by Corban Wilkin

Have you got a head crammed with original stories and artwork? Fancy turning them into a creative career?

Jonathan Cape and Comica have teamed up with The Observer to offer you an amazing step towards making this a reality.

All you need to do is download the entry form (PDF format), complete it and send it by post along with one original four-page graphic story (all your own work!) to the address on the PDF.

The winning entrant will get to see their work in print in The Observer New Review and receive £1,000!

All shortlisted entries will be read by industry experts and judges Joe Dunthorne (author of Submarine and Wild Abandon), Stephen Collins (author of The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil), Rachel Cooke (The Observer), Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape), Paul Gravett (Director, Comica Festival) and Suzanne Dean (Random House Creative Director).

The runner-up will receive £250 and your work will appear on The Guardian website.

The deadline for entries is 27 September 2013.For entry forms and terms and conditions visit, where you’ll also be able to download BUT I CAN’T by Corban Wilkin, the winner of the Graphic Short Story Prize 2012.

but i can't by Corban Wilkin

Scenes from ‘but i can’t’ by Corban Wilkin

Hopeful and melancholy in equal measure, it’s definitely worth a look – even if you’re not sure you want to enter the graphic novel competition.