Pennsylvania Center for the Book


Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident. A prize of $2,500, the two volume set of Ward's six novels published by the Library of America, and a suitable commemorative will be presented to 2015 winners, Mariko Tamaki (writer) and Jillian Tamaki (artist) for their book "This One Summer." We are accepting 2015 copyright submissions from publishers beginning immediately through December 31st for the 2016 award.

2015 Winner:

2015 Honoree:

Past Winners: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize Criteria

Selection Jury

History of the Award

2015 Press Release (html)

2015 Press Release (pdf)

this one summer coverMariko Tamaki (writer) and Jillian Tamaki (artist) for This One Summer
(First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

Judges' Comments:

“This One Summer,” says the jury, “is a beautifully drawn, keenly observed story. It is told with a fluid line and a sensitive eye to the emblematic moments that convey character, time, and place—the surf at night, the sound of flip-flops, a guarded sigh—all at the meandering pace of a summer’s vacation. The Tamakis astutely orchestrate the formal complexities of the graphic novel in the service of an evocative, immersive story. At first blush a coming of age story centered on two young girls, the book belongs equally to all its cast of characters, any of whom feel realized enough to have supported a narrative in their own right. Striking, relatable, and poignant, this graphic novel lingers with readers long after their eyes have left the pages.”

Additionally, judges gave an honor award to:

here coverRichard McGuire for Here
(by Pantheon, a division of Random House)

Judges' Comments:

Of “Here" the jury says, “Making literal the idiom ‘if these walls could talk…’ McGuire’s ‘Here’ curates the long history of events transpiring in one location. Through the subtle transposition of objects and individuals in a room, the book teaches us that space is defined over time. … Evoking our longing for place, the book performs this cumulative effect for the reader, by layering people, experiences, and events in the context of a single environment.”


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