RULES TO THE NORDIC COMICS COMPETITION OF KEMI 2011
The Nordic Comics Competition 2011 is looking for new web comics and comics in traditional print form (later: print comics). The competition is open to all Nordic artists and scriptwriters and artists and scriptwriters living in some Nordic country. The submissions must be in some Scandinavian language, English and other non-Scandinavian languages can only be used for effect.
The competition has two categories:
1) web comics, with free length, form and implementation
2) print comics, with short stories of max. 12 pages or strip series with a minumum of 15 strips
The submissions can be in colour or black and white, and the subject is free. There are no limits regarding the number of submissions. The comics have to be previously unpublished (including web comics.) Both categories have a set of specific rules that can be found below. Any corrections or other changes to the rules will be published on the Arctic Comics Centre website www.kemi.fi/sarjis as well as this Facebook group.
In both categories, at least the three highest scoring submissions will receive pecuniary rewards. Prizes are:
1st prize 2000€
2nd prize 1000€
3rd prize 500€
In addition, the Arctic Comics Centre has reserved 1400€ for other prizes. The jury will choose the top 3 among all the submissions, regardless of which category the submissions are competing in.
The jury will estimate artistic values as well as usability: the comics and effects used in them should work in the most common Internet browsers and programs, and the viewer should not need to install new programs or take other such measures. Using technical effects is allowed, but the submissions have to be comics, not animations.
The submissions can also contain their own user interface, for example the hyperlinks needed to browse the comic. The submission has to function in its own browser window that does not contain anything else than the comic and its possible user interface. The competition submission must not contain links or material that are not relevant for the comic, for example advertisement.
The winners and other creditable comics will be published on the website of the Arctic Comics Centre on May 13th, 2011. The Arctic Comics Centre reserves the right to adapt the implementation of the comics if needed. If a web comic does not contain the parts needed to browse it, the Arctic Comics Centre will create the required links. If technically possible, some of the web comics may also be published in the competition anthology.
The submissions have to be in electronic form and ready to be published. If a submission consists of several files, it is recommended to send them as zip- or rar-packages.
The deadline for the competition is March 14th, 2011. The return address for the submissions is email@example.com. The submissions have to be sent as attachments, and the files should be named after the name or pseudonym of the contestant, in numerical order if required (e.g. pseudonym1.jpg, pseudonym2.jpg, pseudonym1.html etc.). If the submission is being sent as a zip- or rar-file, only the compressed package needs to be named as above. The name, address, phone number, e-mail address, pseudonym and the names of the submissions have to be included in the e-mail message. The subject of the e-mail should be “Competition 2011”.
COMICS IN PRINT FORM
The subject of the print comics is free. Contestants can participate with short stories (max. 12 pages per story) or strips (min. 15 strips).
The deadline is March 14th, 2011. The submissions, labeled with the contestants pseudonym, have to be sent to the following address:
Outi Hyvönen / Sarjakuvakeskus
Lasten kulttuurikeskus Sarjis
They can also be sent in electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of the e-mail has to be “Print Comics 2011.”
When sending your submissions by mail, you should enclose a closed envelope with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address, with your pseudonym and the names of your submissions written on top of the envelope. When sending submissions by e-mail the contestant has to include all the above mentioned details in the e-mail.
The submissions will not be returned, so instead of originals, you can send copies of good quality (colour copies of submissions that are in colour).
The Arctic Comics Centre aims to publish an anthology of the best submissions during the 30th Arctic Comics Festival in Kemi, May 13th – 15th 2011.
Phone: +358 (0)400 514 540 (Ilpo Koskela)