BIPOC Mini-Comic Bursary is Open for Submissions!

We’re pleased to announce that submissions for Conundrum Press’s second annual Mini-Comic Bursary for Black and Indigenous Creators are now open.

This $1000 bursary will be awarded to a Black or Indigenous person living in Canada, for the creation and production of a mini-comic. The selected creator will also receive help with distribution through Conundrum Press. Note: the bursary is limited to developing and emerging creators but all ages and genders are welcome.

Why was this bursary established?

At Conundrum Press, we support Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with anti-racist protestors fighting for crucial change against systemic racism in the US, Canada, and elsewhere. We also recognize that police brutality disproportionately impacts our Indigenous communities. As we reflected on these issues, as well as our own privileged position on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, we wanted to take concrete action against systemic racism. This bursary is a small contribution made in the spirit of solidarity.

Who received last year’s bursary?

We were delighted to award the 2020 BIPOC Mini-Comic to Talysha Bujold-Abu, an artist-illustrator, researcher, and arts facilitator with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Windsor. In her practice, Bujold-Abu explores the liminal space of mixed heritage identity, addressing shifting interpretations of perceived difference – blackness as both a label and state of being. Through this work, she interrogates both implicit and explicit racism, acting as participant and witness to shifting interpretations of racial hierarchies. Talysha Bujold-Abu is a second generation Canadian, of Ghanaian and French Canadian heritage. Learn about her work here.

To apply for the bursary, send 3-5 sample pages to before December 31, 2021. Please include “BIPOC Bursary” in the subject line.

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