2022 Judges

Sami Alwani
Sami Alwani’s comics have appeared in The Best American Comics, Vice, and the Fantagraphics anthology Now. His self-published book The Dead Father won the Pigskin Peters in 2018. His first full-length book, The Pleasure of the Text, was released in 2021 and was nominated for an Ignatz Award and the Cartoonist Studio Prize Award.

David Craig
David Craig is a Toronto-based cartoonist who has published single panel comics and long-format stories. He was one-third of the Read More Comix collective. David’s most recent work features the character Brick, an anthropomorphized building block. Brick Breaks Free was nominated for The Egghead in 2020. Brick by Brick followed later that year, and Curse of Brick will debut at TCAF 2022.

Jamie Coville 
Jamie Coville has been researching and writing about comic book history since 1996. From 1998 to 2012, he wrote interviews, comic book reviews, and other articles for CollectorTimes.com, and his work is referenced in numerous print books and academic papers. In 2005, he began audio-recording panels at various conventions around the United States and Canada for TheComicBooks.com. Since 2015, he has been compiling all of the best comics/graphic novels of the year lists into a single spreadsheet, identifying the books with the most picks. He has served as a judge for two other comic book award organizations.

Inderjit Deogun 
Inderjit Deogun is the senior editor and children’s books editor of Quill and Quire. Her aim is to increase diversity in children’s literature and help young people find books that not only acknowledge their presence but also celebrate their potential. Inderjit’s work has appeared in the Canadian Children’s Book News and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. 

Mike Donachie 
Mike Donachie is a communications professional and freelance journalist who has been writing about comics for much of his twenty-five-year career. He leads communications for a credit union and is the graphic novel reviewer for the Toronto Star.

Ebony Flowers 
Ebony Flowers is a cartoonist and an ethnographer. She was born and raised in Maryland and holds a B.A. in biological anthropology from the University of Maryland–College Park and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Ebony is a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award recipient, a 2020 Ignatz Award recipient for outstanding graphic novel, a 2020 Believer Book Award recipient for fiction, and a 2020 Eisner Award recipient for best short story. She was also nominated for a 2020 NAACP Literacy Image Award for young adult fiction. She lives in Denver, Colorado. 

Napatsi Folger  
Napatsi Folger is an Inuk comic artist and a fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature writer from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and is an associate editor of Inuit Art Quarterly, where her comics were featured as a limited series in 2020. Her work has also been featured in Carousel, Long Con Magazine, The Walrus, Matrix, Taddle Creek, The Word Hoard, and The Puritan. Her first book, Joy of Apex, was published in 2011. She lives in North Vancouver.

Jamie Michaels
Jamie Michaels is the creative director of the boutique comics press Dirty Water Comics. He is an S.S.H.R.C. Bombardier Doctoral Fellow and a Killam Laureate at the University of Calgary, where he researches the potential of historically informed comics to generate social change. His most recent graphic novel, Christie Pits, unpacks the tensions between immigrants and proto-fascists in nineteen-thirties Toronto that culminated in the Christie Pits riot.

Peter Phillips 
Peter Phillips is an editor with Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers. He edits picture books, graphic novels, and fiction for middle-grade readers and teens. He is the editor of Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao, the No. 1 New York Times best-selling first book in a science fiction trilogy, and has co-edited a number of titles, including Ben Clanton’s bestselling Narwhal and Jelly series. He is based in Toronto.

Veronica Post 
Veronica Post is an award-winning graphic novelist born and raised in Halifax. Following a brief and disillusioning attempt at art college and a life-altering breakup in her hometown, she moved to Montreal, where she found happiness completing a diploma in fine cabinetry, playing drums in punk bands, eating poutine, and making comic zines. Her book Fugitive Days, featuring the characters Langosh and Peppi, won the Nipper in 2021. She continues to create work based on these characters.

Shea Proulx 
Shea Proulx has a B.F.A. from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia. Her books Alice at Naptime and ABC Monstrosity were both short-listed for the Alberta Book Awards best illustrated children’s book category. Shea is a co-editor for Home, the first volume of the Alberta Comics Anthology, vice-president on the board of directors for the comic-creator festival Panel One, and has contributed to Birthing magazine and the Web site Women Write About Comics. Shea recently was the recipient of a Canada Council grant in support of a series of paintings that feature surreal versions of environments she drew while supervising her children. 

Sherwin Tjia
Sherwin Tjia is a Montreal-based writer and illustrator who has written several books. Their 2005 collection of pseudo haikus, The World is a Heartbreaker, was a finalist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry. They were nominated for the Nipper in 2010, for the graphic novel The Hipless Boy, which was also nominated for four Ignatz Awards. Their latest graphic novel is Plummet.

Categories

The Doug Wright Award for best book

The Doug Wright Award for the year’s best book recognizes a book of any size (graphic novel, single comic, mini-comic, etc.) for adults, young adults (ages 13–17), or young readers (ages 0–12) in which illustrations are integral to the story. (Books published exclusively on digital platforms are also eligible for this category.) Books will be judged on the combined quality of their illustration, writing, and production.

Entries for the best book category must be submitted online by the book’s creator(s) or publisher. There is an entry of $15 per book. (Self-published creators who cannot afford the entry fee may request to have it waived.)

The Nipper:
The Doug Wright Award for emerging talent

The Doug Wright Award for emerging talent recognizes an artist or team early in their career deserving of wider recognition, based on up to three books of any size (graphic novel, single comic, mini-comic, etc.) published in the past year in which illustrations are integral to the story. (Books published exclusively on digital platforms are also eligible for this category.) Judges will make the final decision on whether an entrant qualifies as “emerging,” though as a general rule the entrant may have published no more than one major-press book or collection. Books entered in this category may also be entered in the best book category.

Anyone may nominate a creator or team for the Nipper, with the permission and knowledge of the creator(s), by contacting the Doug Wright Awards. (Creators may also nominate themselves.) There is no entry fee for this category.

The Pigskin Peters:
The Doug Wright Award for best small or micro-press book

The Doug Wright Award for the year’s best small or micro-press book recognizes a book of any size (graphic novel, single comic, mini-comic, etc.) in which illustrations are integral to the story, not published by a major press. (Books published exclusively on digital platforms are also eligible for this category.) Experimental or avant-garde works are especially welcome in this category, and Web comics will be accepted on a case-by-case basis, provided the submission is a cohesive narrative or topic. Books will be judged on the combined quality of their illustration, writing, and production. Books (not including Web comics) entered in this category may also be entered in the best book category.

Anyone may nominate a work for the Pigskin Peters, with the permission and knowledge of the creator(s), by contacting the Doug Wright Awards. (Creators may also nominate themselves.) There is no entry fee for this category.

The Egghead:
The Doug Wright Award for best kids’ book

The Doug Wright Award for the year’s best kids’ book recognizes a book of any size (graphic novel, picture book, single comic, mini-comic, etc.) for young readers (ages 0 to 12) in which illustrations are integral to the story. (Books published exclusively on digital platforms are also eligible for this category.) Books will be judged based on the combined quality of their illustration, writing, and production. Books entered in this category may also be entered in the best book category.

Entries for the best kids’ book category must be submitted online by the book’s creator(s) or publisher. There is an entry of $15 per book. (Self-published creators who cannot afford the entry fee may request to have it waived.)



Entry Rules

Entries to the Doug Wright Awards must have been published during the previous calendar year (January 1 to December 31, 2021). The Doug Wright Awards is broad minded in what it considers a book (graphic novel, single comic, mini-comic, zine, etc.) but reserves the right to make the final call on a publication’s qualification.

Books must be published in English. Books originally published in another language and translated into English are eligible, provided the English edition was published during the current calendar year.

Creators must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident/landed immigrant (i.e., legally allowed to work in Canada).

For books with more than one creator (i.e., a writer and artist team), each creator must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Entries may be published by a non-Canadian publisher, provided creator(s) is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

There is no limit to how many individual titles a creator or group of creators submit in a single year.

Books may be submitted by creators or publishers.

Hard copies will not be returned unless a previous agreement has been made between the Doug Wright Awards and creator, such as in the case of a small-run publication with a limited print run.

The decision of the judges will be final.



Submission Requirements

Please address required hard copies no larger than an envelopes or thin box to:

The Doug Wright Awards
P.O. Box 611, Stn. P
Toronto, Ont.
M5S 2Y4

For larger boxes, please contact dougwrightawards@gmail.com to arrange delivery.

The Doug Wright Award for best book

Entries must be submitted via the Doug Wright Awards online portal [NOW CLOSED]. While a form is required for each entry, you may pay for all entries together to avoid having to re-enter your payment information each time (i.e., if you are entering two titles at $15 each, you may pay $30 for the first entry and $0 for the second).

If available, a PDF of the entire entry, including cover, must be submitted. Please combine covers and interiors into a single PDF, and name your PDF in a way that suggests the publication’s title.

Three hard copies of each entry must be sent to the above address, along with a a note clearly stating the category of entry and the creator’s name(s). In the event of a small run or high-priced book, one copy will be accepted. Hard copies are not required for books published exclusively on digital platforms.

The Nipper: The Doug Wright Award for emerging talent

Entries must be submitted via the Doug Wright Awards online portal [NOW CLOSED]. A form is required for each entry.

If available, a PDF of the entire entry, including cover, must be submitted. Please combine covers and interiors into a single PDF, and name your PDF in a way that suggests the publication’s title.

Three hard copies of each book to be considered must be sent to the above address, along with a a note clearly stating the category of entry and the creator’s name(s). In the event of small run or high-priced books, one copy of each will be accepted.

Please include a list of notable publications with entry. This may include self-published, micro-press, and major press publications.

The Pigskin Peters: The Doug Wright Award for best small or micro-press book

Entries must be submitted via the Doug Wright Awards online portal [NOW CLOSED]. A form is required for each entry.

If available, a PDF of the entire entry, including cover, must be submitted. Please combine covers and interiors into a single PDF, and name your PDF in a way that suggests the publication’s title.

Three hard copies of each entry must be sent to the above address, along with a a note clearly stating the category of entry and the creator’s name(s). In the event of a small run or high-priced book, one copy will be accepted.

The Egghead: The Doug Wright Award for best kids’ book

Entries must be submitted via the Doug Wright Awards online portal [NOW CLOSED]. While a form is required for each entry, you may pay for all entries together to avoid having to re-enter your payment information each time (i.e., if you are entering two titles at $15 each, you may pay $30 for the first entry and $0 for the second).

If available, a PDF of the entire entry, including cover, must be submitted. Please combine covers and interiors into a single PDF, and name your PDF in a way that suggests the publication’s title.

Three hard copies of each entry must be sent to the above address, along with a a note clearly stating the category of entry and the creator’s name(s). In the event of a small run or high-priced book, one copy will be accepted.



Deadlines and Fees

Entries to the 2022 Doug Wright Awards open on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, and close on Friday, January 14, 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.

Hard copies must be received by Friday, January 28, 2022.

The entry fee per submission for best book and best kids’ book (The Egghead) is $15. There is no entry fee for the emerging talent and best small or micro-press book awards.



Judging Process

Entries in each category are evaluated by a three-member jury. Each jury consists of at least one cartoonist, one judge with industry expertise (editor, publisher, reviewer, journalist, librarian, bookseller, academic, etc.), and a third judge who either falls into one of the above categories or is not directly involved in the industry but has a deep knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the medium.

We attempt to make our juries as diverse as possible by selecting judges with a variety of professional backgrounds, from a variety of regions (not necessarily confined to Canada), and who reflect Canada’s various cultural communities.

Judges are given approximately four weeks to read entries and make their final decision. Juries meet via conference call to deliberate and come to a consensus on their category’s short list and winner. Juries are strongly encouraged to pick a single winner, but ties do happen.

Whenever possible, judges will evaluate books in their printed form. However, logistics may sometimes mean a judge can only view a publication in a digital format.

Judges choose winning entries based on the combined quality of their illustration, writing, and production. Other factors may include style, creativity, and originality.

If you would like to be a judge for the Doug Wright Awards, please contact us at dougwrightawards@gmail.com.

For more information on the Doug Wright Awards, check out out FAQ.