International Graphic Shakespeare Competition

We are calling all Artists, Illustrators, Art Students, Designers and Comic Creators to join the 2nd International Graphic Shakespeare Competition

 Extended Submission Deadline: 15 February 2018

You can give your work in Shakespeare’s original English, modernized version, or any language you choose (in this case, please provide simple explanation in English), or you can do without words so far as your images can tell the story. All ages and abilities can enter the competition from professional artists to newcomers.

The style could be in graphic novel style, American comics style, manga, four panel, bande dessinee, or illustration, as you choose.


The entries will be categorized into three age groups–over 25,  under 25, and under 15 years old–and judged within each category.

Entrants will be judged on the following criteria.

  • the artwork
  • their ability to tell a story through images
  • their creative originality to tell the story that can move the readers


Feb. 15, 2018: submission deadline.
Results to be announced by the end of March, 2018.

May 28, 2018: Ceremony for the winners at the Third Conference of Asian
Shakespeare Association (Manila, the Philippines).

Entries are to be exhibited digitally at the The Third Asian Shakespeare Association Conference venue.

Selected works will be displayed at the 2nd Graphic Shakespeare Competition related events and sites.



Submission Guidelines

Entrants are to choose the work/scenes on your own.
Please draw/adapt them in 1 to 8 pages.
Please indicate on which work/scenes your work is based on.

The entries should be submitted digitally — you can create your work on paper first and then scan it, or you can create your work digitally.
The entries can be either in black-and-white or in colour.
Please submit your work either a jpg or a pdf, at 300 dpi, in either size: one page (A5) in 1748 px × 2480 px OR 2 page spread (A4) in 3496 px × 2480 px.

Submissions and queries should be sent to Yukari Yoshihara at

The team of judges consists of renowned comics/manga specialists, including:

Paul Gravett
Paolo Fabregas
Yukari Shiina

Entrants will be judged on the following criteria:
The artwork
Their ability to tell a story through images.