Create a Comic Competition

From ReadingZone

Resource type: Competition

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

The ReadingZone Create a Comic Competition, in partnership with The Phoenixchallenges pupils aged 4-16 to create their own comic strips. There are two categories: Primary (ages 4-11) and Secondary (ages 11-16) and entries can be from individuals, pairs or groups.

The comic strips should be created on a single A4 page and there are templates, tips from The Phoenix, and videos from comic creator Sarah McIntyre available to help and inspire.

The Primary and Secondary winners will each win a year’s subscription to The Phoenix comic for their school or library and aset of the seven Bunny vs Monkey graphic novels by Jamie Smart for themselves.


  • The submission deadline is Monday 5th December 2022.
  • The winners will be announced in January 2023.

Cost: Free

About ReadingZone: ReadingZone is a website dedicated to helping young people, parents and teachers find the best children’s books available. It provides access to book reviews, book-related activities and online author events.

Further resources:

  • Find more book-related creative projects, such as how to create a book trailerbook vlog or podcast, on the ReadingZone website.
  • Develop key comprehension, visual literacy and creative writing skills with the National Literacy Trust’s Comics Rule! learning sequence based on comics and graphic novels. Free to download with registration.
  • Develop KS2 pupils’ comprehension and writing skills with the Comic Comprehension Collection from Beano and literacy resource provider Plazoom. Short comic strips come with accompanying comprehension quizzes and activities to engage even the most reluctant reader or writer. Free with registration.
  • Find more resources to support literacy and PSHE from Beano on the Beano for Schools website.
  • Find further tips and inspiration for creating your own comics with the What Makes Your Hero Super? project on the Discovering Children’s Books website.
  • Find reviews and recommendations for graphic novels on the Comics in Class blog.
  • Explore more writing and book based competitions for young people here.

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