Alison Brown Award 2023

The Alison Brown Young Comics Maestro Award 2023 competition is now open and we are looking for the next big comic artist! 

Send in your very best comic strip, three pages maximum, to enter the competition and get your work in front of judges from The Beano, The Phoenix, and The Cartoon Museum.

There will be one overall winner and two runners-up. The winner will receive a £200 prize and the runners-up will each receive £50 prizes. We intend to announce the winners in July 2023. 

The Comics Maestro Award celebrates Cartoon Museum staff member Alison Brown, who passed away from Covid in 2021 at the age of just 39. Alison loved comics and championed young comic artists. 

To enter please send a three-page comic strip to either The Cartoon Museum, 63 Wells Street, London, W1A3AE or Make sure you include your name, age, and contact details. If you are under 18 and sending your entry via email, please make sure a parent or guardian sends in your cartoon. Entrants must be aged 18 or under.

The deadline for entries is Monday 12 June 2023

Comic strips must be no more than three A4 pages long. We are accepting hand drawn comics on paper and we are also accepting digital art. Regrettably we will not be able to return any physical entries that are sent in.

For some inspiration, you can download free drawing resources from our websiteto help your lay out your comic and learn to draw cartoon faces – or you can have a look at the 2022 winners!

For more information visit our website.


Hannah Berry (Comics Laureate 2019-21, Cartoon Museum trustee)

Martin Rowson (Cartoonist, The Guardian, The Daily Mirror)

Tom Fickling (Editor/MD of The Phoenix)

Steve Marchant (Learning Officer at The Cartoon Museum)

Kate Owens (Collections Manager at The Cartoon Museum)

Matt Baxter (Artist, Baxter & Bailey, Monster Fun)

About The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum aims to create a world where everyone wants to pick up a pencil and draw a cartoon. We champion cartoon and comic art, highlighting its importance to culture and society. Since 2006 it has received 420k visitors, and built a nationally important collection of 4,300 cartoons, comics and caricatures, and a library of 18k items. It runs a well-attended school programme and sell-out school holiday workshops, and over 50k children and adults have attended cartooning, comics and animation workshops at the museum. 

The Cartoon Museum is located at 63 Wells Street, 5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus underground station.

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