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2020 Award Submission Information

We are accepting 2019 copyright submissions from publishers beginning immediately through December 31st for the 2020 award. For consideration, we require six copies of any works that meet the criteria. Publishers and authors: please send submissions directly to our five jurors, and also one copy to our offices. Please contact us directly (Caroline Wermuth -- and we will provide the mailing addresses. Thank You!

Selection Jury

The award is selected by a diverse panel with graphic novel expertise, including individuals with significant ties to Penn State University. Here is the selection jury for the 2020 Lynd Ward Prize:

Irenae Aigbedion is a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. Her doctoral research focuses on representations of race and ethnicity in contemporary comics from the Americas. She also teaches courses using comics in order to challenge her students to think about the ways that they have been taught to see and to read. 

Megan Baughman is a Penn State undergraduate majoring in English who has studied both reading and creating graphic novels in her coursework.

Jason Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education at Penn State University. A lifelong reader of comics and graphic novels, Jason incorporates a variety of graphic literature into his children's and adolescent literature courses. Jason has a particular interest in graphic memoir and has written about visual composition in his column for NCTE's Voices from the Middle. 

James McCready is an actor, writer, and musician living in State College, PA. He received an MFA in Creative Writing (focusing on experimental prose and mixed media writing) from Fairfield University. He was recently published in the anthology Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. James works for The Pennsylvania State University Libraries.

Colette Slagle is a dual degree Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. She studies girls’ quests in fantasy, examining both novellas and graphic novels in her research.  She also teaches comics in her courses LLED 402 (Teaching Children’s Literature) and LLED 465 (Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults).