How Do I Submit My Writing to Comic Publishers?

Another list! This time here’s a guide to all the places you need to go if you want to get into the comics industry through a publisher. Of course, you can always go self-published and small press (in fact, it’s almost ALWAYS an advantage if you’ve already had work published, proving that you have the ability to get something to print by yourself) – but how do you send work to the bigger companies?Here’s a list of the various companies, and their current submission policies!publishers


The most open submissions policy in comics belongs to 2000AD. If you want to send work to them, it has to be in the form of a ‘FutureShocks’ story. This is a complete four-page story which features a twist ending. The thinking is that if you can handle a four page story (no small task), then you’ve got things sorted.

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Action Lab

Action Lab will accept submissions – as long as you have a complete creative team already in place. They ask for a synopsis, 5-6 pages of the script, and 5-6 pages of completed artwork from the book.

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Archie Comics

Archie are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions from writers or artists.


Avatar aren’t looking for writers.


Boom Studios aren’t accepting writing submissions.

Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse are accepting writing submissions, as long as they’re put together in the correct fashion. They first need you to sign an agreement for them – so they’re covered legally – along with a synopsis of the story. Follow that up with the actual script for the first issue, and you’re off to the races. This mirrors the submissions process used by most literary agencies, so take a look at their guidelines carefully to make sure you hit all their targets here.

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DC Comics

Have you had work published by Image, IDW, or any other publishers? No? Then go do that.

DC don’t accept writing samples –


No unsolicited samples accepted. If you want to work for Dynamite, you have to write to them detailing your experience, past works, and why you want to work with them.

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Fantagraphics are really only looking at submissions for graphic novels – complete, long-form stories. They won’t look at digital submissions, so you should send them a synopsis of the concept and length of your story, backed with at least five pages of high-res artwork. As with any publisher in this list, DO NOT send original art – send scans.

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Not accepting any unsolicited writing submissions at this time.

Head here for proof –

Image Comics

Image won’t accept writing samples. They will, however, look at proposals for stories. This means they want a synopsis of the story, along with already drawn pages – Image aren’t here to pair you up with a creative team, you’ll need to already have one in place.

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They will accept writing submissions, but only if accompanied by completed artwork from the story. They’re looking for a synopsis attached to five or so pages of art from the story.

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Marvel won’t accept script submissions. However! They will take your published work and look at it. If you’ve had a comic published, send it to them as proof that you can get something made, and they’ll review it themselves. The definition of ‘published work’, as defined by CB Cebulski on Twitter, means ANYTHING you’ve had put into print or digital, in long form. If you self-published it or had it published as small press or a webcomic – it counts.

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I believe that if you’re pitching to NoBrow, you’ve also drawn your comic. They ask for submissions to be emailed across to them.

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Oni Press

Oni Press do not take unsolicited writing submissions. They’ll destroy anything they’re sent without opening it.

If you want work published through them, you’ll have to network instead

Top Shelf

Will not look at a writing submission unless it is accompanied by at least ten pages of completed artwork. If you have around 10-20 completed pages of art, attach a synopsis/script to the work, and send it across.

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Valiant follow the same system as Marvel – if you’ve previously had work published, you can send that work to them and they’ll read it. They won’t read pitches or unsolicited submissions – just completed comics.

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  1. TJ Comics also takes creator-owned submissions!


  2. Raymond says:

    Great article, Steve! Do you know how the rules might differ for shorter works for something like Creepy? I have some things I’d like to submit somewhere but nary a series idea among them.


  3. Great article! But is Marvel’s policy still the same? Followed the link and got an error message and can’t find anything else when manually searching (though I may have just overlooked it).



  1. […] At least, that’s the message I took from Steve Morris’ useful round-up of submission guidelines for comic writers. […]


  2. […] Publishing | Steve Morris posts a handy list of the submissions policies of various comics publishers. If you’re of a pessimistic bent, the list looks grim; a lot of publishers don’t take submissions, and many of those who do want you to have an artist in place as well. That doesn’t mean they aren’t open to new creators, just that slush pile isn’t the way to go about it; the editors I have talked to are constantly looking for new creators at conventions and online, [Comic Spire] […]


  3. […] Steve Morris reprints an excellent list of how to submit writing samples to comics publishers—in many cases you can’t. Breaking in as a writer is still an uphill […]


  4. […] if you’re truly interested in breaking into the comics industry, then you need to check out this article that we picked up from Sam Ellis recently. The article goes through most of the major publishers of […]

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