Thursday, October 20, 2011

2nd Annual O'Keefe Prize for Graphic Literature

The English and Art Departments of Diablo Valley College are accepting entries for the 2nd Annual O'Keefe Prize for Graphic Literature--a contest highlighting the best in comics art and writing.

Prizes include $$$$$, a comics prize pack, and publication for the DVC student body.

To enter submit a draft of your graphic essay by November 21, 2011. If you are creating a comic for class, this is the perfect opportunity to not only get a great grade, but also get some recognition and professional feedback. After submitting a draft, you will receive advice from professional writers and artists about how to make your graphic essay even better.

So let your creativity soar and pull out those colored pencils, crayons, paints, and cameras. For more information go to:

For a peek at the last year's winner, check out "A Prayer for Uganda" by Lizbeth Brown.


  1. This seems like an amazing opportunity for those creative artists and writers. People who don’t take a chance with the talent they have may never know if their work was good enough. A lot of people let opportunities pass them by. If I had any talent in this sort of thing I would be the first to submit an entry. One day I hope to see some of my classmates works published, it would be an honor to know some one who took that chance and got recognized.

  2. Wow, I never knew "Prayer for Uganda" was in this competition. I thought it was some student of Professor Ripley's who made this outstanding comic, which then she found useful and a great piece of reading. Any way this competition is a great chance on showing how skilled someone is, and how creative they are. I think it's great that real professionals give you real feedback on how to make your comic even better.

    - Sami Wadood

  3. Artists and writers don't have anything to lose if they submit an entry of their best art or writing because they could get recognized and feedback from others to make their work even better. I think the best part is the prizes because you can get free money. Who doesn't want that? Also, you can put this on your resume if you win, and you will have a higher chance to get an interview because employers want to hire someone that's creative and skilled and will help their company grow.

  4. This opportunity sounds like a great advantage for people who like to draw and are very creative. I personally wish that i had the talent to be able to draw and be creative, even though i love being creative i steal all my ideas from the internet. The one thing that i found really interesting about this entry was that after you submit your work in, a professional will contact you on how to make your work better. I see this as a great opportunity to see if you can when, while also learning how to become better.