Media Release: Conundrum Press Seeks Submissions from Canadian-Based Comic Artists for New Young Adult Graphic Novel Imprint, EMANATA

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2021

Conundrum Press Seeks Submissions from Canadian-Based Comic Artists for New Young Adult Graphic Novel Imprint, EMANATA

(Halifax, NS) Conundrum Press is thrilled to announce the launch of its new young adult graphic novel imprint, EMANATA, curated by award-winning author Sarah Sawler. Sawler will take on the role of EMANATA’s YA Acquisitions Editor in addition to their current role as Conundrum Press’s Marketing Manager.

“Conundrum Press is thrilled to welcome Sarah Sawler aboard, to expand the horizons of the press in the burgeoning YA graphic novel field,” says Conundrum Press publisher Andy Brown. “Sarah has proven invaluable to Conundrum in so many ways and we are excited to work on this new imprint with them.”

EMANATA is mandated to produce exceptional graphic novels for a young adult audience. EMANATA graphic novels rely on a seamless blend of words and pictures to tell compelling, character-driven fiction and non-fiction stories. By focusing on work created by comic artists living in Canada and striving for social equity, EMANATA seeks to introduce fresh, strong, and under-represented voices to the international young adult and graphic novel markets.

EMANATA is now seeking young adult graphic novel submissions from agents representing comic artists living in Canada. Deaf and Disabled, POC, and 2SLGBTQIA+ creators are encouraged to submit with or without an agent.

Submission Requirements

Submissions should be emailed to Please submit:

  • Thirty complete pages of comics
  • A synopsis and artist’s statement (documents, video files, and audio recordings accepted)
  • A biography that includes any related work and/or education (documents, video files, and audio recordings accepted).

Submissions will close for a reading period on August 30, 2021.


Q: Will you accept scripts without illustrations?

A: Not at this time. In this round of submissions, we’re looking for a Fall 2022 title. We require at least 30 pages of complete comic pages along with the submission, because illustrations likely won’t be ready in time to print otherwise.

Q: What if I’m a creator living in Canada, but I’m collaborating with people who live in other countries? 

A: Our goal is to promote the work of people living in Canada, particularly if those creators are emerging artists or under-represented–however, we do welcome international collaboration. In order to be considered, at least 50% of the creative team must live in Canada.

About Conundrum Press

Conundrum Press was founded by publisher Andy Brown in 1996, amidst the political turmoil and cultural vibrancy of Montreal, Quebec. Originally a publisher of chapbooks, short stories, novels, comics, and zine collections, Conundrum began exclusively publishing literary graphic novels in 2010. While Conundrum is proud to have published many award-winning comic artists, such as Meags Fitzgerald, Max de Radiguès, Jillian Tamaki, Cole Pauls, Aimée de Jongh, Joe Ollmann, Sami Alwani, Michel Rabagliati, Dakota McFadzean, and Nina Bunjevac, the press also remains committed to discovering new voices in the graphic novel field.

About Sarah Sawler

Sarah Sawler is the author of three books, including two books for children. Their most recent, Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything, won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and appeared on the shortlists for the 2019-2020 Forest of Reading and Hackmatack Awards. They are also the marketing manager at Conundrum Press, and acquiring editor for Conundrum Press’s EMANATA imprint.

Social Media

Twitter: @ConundrumCanada

Instagram: @ConundrumPress

Facebook: @ConundrumPressCanada 

Media Contacts

For interviews and other requests, please contact Sarah Sawler at

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