Comic competition animate Europe

7 min

Biannual comic competition Animate Europe is officially entering its 5th round! Call For Single Page Comics has been launched.


Graphic artists, Animate Europe challenge you! At this very moment Europe must find its way out of many unprecedented challenges, not just the Covid-19 pandemic – think populism, or Euroscepticism, to name just two major examples.


Comic competition animate Europe


Animate Europe #5 wants you to explore Europe’s options for transformation:


Let’s press Restart and see what happens!


The restart takes us back to where it all begins: the public. Let’s focus on European citizens, their realities, their priorities. The things they cherish, the things they despise. Their biggest fears and wildest hopes. What kind of restart would they stand up for? Which face, which vision of Europe do they represent?


And let’s study them where they actually are: in the Streets of Europe! The streets are the place where society interacts, where discourses are shaped, where ideas for change are formed, where true participation happens. What streets are we looking at? A network of endless staircases, a highway into the future? A sleepy countryside road, a spooky backalley? A spiderweb of roundabouts, a labyrinth of dead-ends? Who’s stuck on the sidewalk, who’s speeding off in the fast lanes? Where do roads end, where do new ones begin? It’s up to you:

Take us on a walk! This year’s topic is “Restart! – The Streets of Europe”.



By entering this competition you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.


The Promoter – The promoter’s contact details are:

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Ave de Cortenbergh 71
1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 282 09 30


For questions about the competition, kindly get in touch with Nele Fabian or Charlot Uhrig.


Entrants – This competition is open to anyone. The promoter will only accept one entry per entrant. For co-productions, the participation with one additional person is possible.


Jury – The competition will be judged by four jury members who will seek to identify artists of excellent and original graphic short stories. The jury members’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.


The competition takes place in two rounds.


Round 1:

Who can participate? Participation is open to everyone.

What should you submit? 3 single page comics.

Deadline for submission: December 6, 2020

Submit How? Please upload your submissions to a download server of your choice, then contact us per email and send us a download link at: animate.europe@freiheit.org. You will receive a short notice of receipt once we have successfully downloaded your file(s).


Round 2:

Who can participate? Finalists will receive a personal invitation for round 2.

What should you submit? 3 more single page comics.

Deadline for submission: April 16, 2021

Submit how? Please upload your submissions to a download server of your choice, then contact us per email and send us a download link at: animate.europe@fnst.org. You will receive a short notice of receipt once we successfully downloaded your file(s).


Formal criteria for each submitted comic page:

  • content: single page comics only!
  • digital format: PDF only!
  • resolution: A4/300dpi
  • color scheme: 300 CMYK or grayscale
  • image format: portrait (not landscape!”)

Entry Specifications

Entrants are advised to retain a copy of entries. Entries can be with or without words, in black and white or colour, and fiction or non-fiction. Each entry must be:

  • in English
  • an original work of which the entrant is the author (or joint author) which has not been previously professionally or commercially published and is not in breach of any third party right.
  • complete in itself.

No work can be returned.


Unacceptable Entries – Entries which are illegible or received after the closing date will not be accepted. The promoter will not be responsible for delayed, undelivered or lost entries.


Copyright / Ownership – The entrant concedes the promoter the right to use his/her work exclusively in an appropriate manner.


Publication – The finalist grants the promoter all necessary and relevant permissions in relation to the publication of his/her entry. The finalist also agrees to the promoter’s use of his/her name and photograph in relation to publicity material. The promoter reserves the right to edit the entry in respect of the above publication as well as the right not to publish an entry.

The entries will be translated into German and French. The entrant agrees to reletter his/her text with the translated text and provide it to the organiser for further use.


Privacy – Personal details will only be retained and used by the promoter for the purposes of this competition. Personal details will not be passed on to third parties. Please find further information on the organiser´s privacy policy on the website of the European Dialogue Program.


Events – Events may occur which render the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter and the promoter may, at its absolute discretion, vary, amend, suspend or withdraw the prizes.


Criteria of the single page comic format (also called “one pager” or “stand-alone single-page comic”):


Each comic must display one independent graphic story on a single page.

Graphic style and storytelling: There are no limits to your imagination here! We encourage you to explore the full range of possibilities that the format of the single page comic has to offer!



All finalists: Award of €1,000

First prize: €1,000 on top of finalist’s award!


Finalists will be invited to the award ceremony at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, Brussels, in June 2021. Their works will be featured in a printed comic book publication as well as in an international travel exhibition.



Submissions will again be evaluated by an established international jury, comprised of comic artists Lucie Lomová and Judith Vanistendael, Director of the Lakes International Comic Festival Julie Tait, and Curator/Producer/Scriptwriter Kalle Hakkola.


How to apply?

For more information about the contest and how to apply please visit the official website.



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