Andrews McMeel Universal, the parent company of Universal Uclick, has announced the launch of a talent search along with Amazon.com to find “the first Comic Strip Superstar.” The winner will receive a publishing contract from Andrews McMeel Publishing, a $5,000 advance from Universal Uclick and a monthly stipend for the development of 20 comic strips that will be considered for syndication.
The competition begins today and runs through September 12. Five thousand entries will be accepted and should consist of 10 daily strips and two Sunday comics along with a title and brief synopsis. Universal Uclick will narrow it down to 250, then editors John Glynn and Lee Salem will winnow the quarter finalists to 50 at which point Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Scott Hilburn (The Argyle Sweater) and Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City) will choose 10 finalists and post feedback for each on Amazon.com. Amazon.com customers will then have the opportunity to view the finalists’ submissions and vote for the grand prize winner.
The winner will be announced Nov. 9, 2009, and will receive a prize package from Andrews McMeel Universal which includes a publishing contract with Andrews McMeel Publishing and a newspaper syndication development deal and contract for distribution on GoComics.com desktop and mobile applications from Universal Uclick.
For more information on the Comic Strip Superstars competition, visit www.amazon.com/comicstripsuperstar.