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

2. Topic – The topic of the the competition is the future of Europe. The promoter reserves the right to exclude entries that do not treat this topic.

3. Promoter – The promoter’s contact details are:
Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Ave de Cortenbergh 71
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 282 09 30

For questions about the competition, kindly get in touch with Christina Brunnenkamp.

4. Entrants – This competition is open to anyone. The promoter will only accept one entry per entrant.

5. Jury – The competition will be judged by an international jury consisting of five members. They will identify excellent and original graphic short stories. The jury ’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.

6. Dates – The competition consists of two phases.

In phase I, entrants register via the entry form and submit the first page (ideally more than one panel) and a summary of the prospective story. Entries to phase I will be accepted until Sunday, 15 March 2015. An international jury will select seven finalists who will be invited to participate in phase II of the competition. They will be notified by e-mail in the week beginning 30 March 2015.

In phase II, the finalists will be asked to present the complete storyboard by Sunday, 31 May 2015 and the complete 8-page graphic short story in A4 or A3 format in digital form and as flat work by Monday, 31 August 2015.

7. Grant and Prize The seven finalists who will be selected by the jury at the end of phase I of the competition will receive a grant of €800 to complete their graphic short story.

The winner of the competition will receive €500. The prize will be awarded end of October at a ceremony at the Belgian Comic Center in Brussels, Belgium.

8. Entry Specifications – Entries can be graphic short stories 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.

Phase I: submitted in digital form to animate.europe@fnst.org.

Phase II: submitted in digital form to animate.europe@fnst.org and as flat work (i.e. not as a booklet]. Artwork must not be rolled in a tube.

  • format A4 or A3
  • 8 pages
  • complete in itself (i.e. not a fragment of a larger work).

Entrants are advised to retain a copy of entries. No work can be returned.

9. 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.

10. Copyright / Ownership – Where an entry is produced as the result of the collaboration of a writer and an artist (i.e. joint authors) the promoter will accept the joint authors of the entry as joint entrants.

The entrant concedes the promoter the right to use his/her work exclusively. This comprises the right to use and publish his work in an appropriate manner.

11. Publication – The entrant grants the promoter all necessary and relevant permissions in relation to the publication of his/her entry. The entrant 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.

12. 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.

13. Force Majeure– Events may occur which render the completion of the competition impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the promoter. In this case, the promoter may suspend the competition.