Categories and Judging Criteria

Publishers and creators can submit graphic literature titles for consideration in the categories below:

Book of the Year

The Book of the Year winner is determined by the Jury chairs working with the EGL Advisory Board. The award is given to the graphic novel submission with the highest combined score.

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Mosaic Award

The Mosaic winner is determined by the Jury chairs working with the EGL Advisory Board. The award celebrates stories about and from diverse communities, ethnicities, nationalities, faiths, and identities.

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Best in Children’s Graphic Literature

Spotlighting compelling, educational graphic literature works for Pre-k to 4th Grade (0–10 years old).

Best in Middle-Grade Graphic Literature

Recognizing exemplary Graphic literature for Grades 5th to 8th (10–14 years old).

Best in Young Adult Graphic Literature

Honoring the best graphic literature for Grades 9th to 12th (14–18 years old).

Best in Adult Graphic Literature

Honoring the best graphic literature for anyone 18 years old and older.

Reader’s Choice Award

Excellence in Graphic Literature readers have the chance to select the Reader’s Choice Award from the year’s jury-selected finalists.