Top Cow Productions, an imprint of Image Comics, is launching its fifth talent hunt in June, running until August 15. Past winners include Postal artist Isaac Goodhart and Magdalena writer Tini Howard.
The Top Cow Talent Hunt seeks one unpublished writer and one unpublished artist to contribute to the publisher in 2018 or 2019. The first phase runs through June 1 to Aug. 15. Following that, each entrant will receive a paragraph of feedback by Oct. 15. Writers and artists have until Dec. 15 to revise their entries based on that feedback, after which winners will be chosen. Entrants can also elect to skip the feedback phase and submit by Dec. 15. One runner-up writer and one runner-up artist will also be chosen, who will receive the opportunity to write and illustrate a short story.
Last year's Talent Hunt had 512 writer submissions and 389 artist submissions, which Hawkins noted to CBR is down from previous years — about 20 percent for writers, and 40 percent for artists. He made it clear he's hoping to see some "new blood" in the Talent Hunt this year — which has a new twist.
"The main difference this year is that the submissions will be for the Edenverse. So writer stories will be in the world of 'Postal' (V1-5), 'The Tithe' (V1-V2), 'Samaritan,' 'Eden's Fall' and 'Think Tank.'"
Artists will need to submit illustrations of five pages from either Postal #9 or Postal #16.
Valnet Inc.'s Comic Book Resources's forum will host the official discussion and Q&A thread for the Top Cow Talent Hunt, as The Outhouse's forum is too busy trying to figure out when it went wrong for DC . Find full rules and details here.