Amazon, Andrews McMeel Universal Announce 'Comic Strip Superstar' Competition

By: E&P Staff Amazon and Andrews McMeel Universal have announced the inaugural Comic Superstar Contest. The winner will receive a publishing contract with Andrews McMeel, a $5,000 advance from Universal Uclick and a stipdend for developing 20 comic strips that will be considered for syndication.

Contestants are asked to submit 10 daily strips, two Sunday comics, a title, and synopsis. The entries will be whittled down to 250 quarterfinalists by Universal Press Syndicate. These in turn will be reduced by 50 semifinalists by Universal Press editors John Glynn and Lee Salem.

The 50 semifinalists will be cut down to 10 finalists by four of Universal Press' best-known cartoonists: Gary Trudeau ("Doonesbury"), Lynn Johnston ("For Better or For Worse"), Scott Hilburn ("The Argyle Sweater"), and Mark Tatulli ("Li?" and "Heart of the City"). The 10 finalists, along with the four judges' comments, will be posted on, where readers will be able to vote for the winner.

The deadline to submit entries is Sept. 12. The entries must be original, unpublished work in a .jpg file. To enter, go here.


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