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2019 Award Submission Information

We are accepting 2018 copyright submissions from publishers beginning immediately through December 31st for the 2019 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 selection jury includes representatives from various Penn State University academic departments who use the graphic novel in their teaching or research, as well as representatives with graphic novel expertise from among Penn State’s alumni. Here is the selection jury for the 2019 Lynd Ward Prize:

Steven Herb, Director Emeritus, The Pennsylvania Center for the Book

Steven Herb, Ph.D., is director emeritus of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and lead founder of Penn State’s Lynd Ward Prize in 2011. He has served on a dozen national children’s literature award committees in the last four decades including the Caldecott Committees of 1988 and 2012 (chair). In the last decade before his retirement, Herb has been working with Penn State’s extensive collection of the work of the Prize’s namesake, illustrator Lynd Ward, producing exhibits, lectures, book chapters, and articles.

Maria Burchill, Head of Adult Services, Schlow Centre Region Library

Maria Kenney Burchill is Head of Adult Services for Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, PA. Graphic novels are her literature of choice when reading for leisure. She reviews and selects them for the Library's digital branch and is part of a team that coordinates BookFest PA, which showcases comic book creators. From 2015 to 2016, Maria also co-led the Pennsylvania Humanities' Council sponsored Teen Reading Lounge at Schlow, which focused on creating, reading, and discussing graphic novels.

Brian Alfred, Assistant Professor of Art and Arts/Design Entrepreneurship Teaching Fellow, Penn State University, University Park

Brian Alfred is an artist, musician, and curator based out of Brooklyn, and has shown his work internationally for the past seventeen years. Alfred is the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, the New York Foundation of the Arts Inspiration Award, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He is an alumnus of Yale (MFA), Skowhegan, and Penn State (BFA). His work is in the collections of institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Alfred is also the creator and host of the Sound & Vision podcast, which features conversations with contemporary artists and musicians. He teaches a summer program in Tokyo about art and aesthetics in Japan and Manga and Anime.

Alise Deveney, Undergraduate Student

Alise Deveney is an undergraduate in the College of Communications currently pursuing a degree in film, with minors in English and Theater. Alise has always enjoyed reading and analyzing graphic novels. She maintains an extensive and diverse collection.

Robyn Engel, Project Architect, IKM Inc.

Robyn Engel is a practicing architect at the firm IKM Inc. in Pittsburgh. She developed a love of graphic novels in Penn State’s architecture program and formed a specific interest in analyzing the comic narrative as it relates to spatial and architectural depiction.  Her undergraduate architectural thesis applied comics as alternative media to shift mass consciousness about the water crisis in Los Angeles.