First place receives automatic publication in the 2008 VLP literary magazine and $50. Additional prizes for the top three places will be provided by Rainbow Sportscards and the art department. Contestants may enter the contest individually or as a team.

The contest will begin in the Graphics Lab in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus, room 175, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29. The contest concludes Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. Contestants should arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 29. A campus map is available at A theme, image or idea will be announced at the beginning of the contest. The theme will be prominent in the finished comic. Contestants are free to enter and leave during the 24-hour contest period, but they must be present at the end of the contest with a completed six- to eight-page black and white or greyscale mini-comic, reproducible within an 8-inch by 5-inch page. Computers with Adobe CS software, scanners and printers will be available in the Graphics Lab, however, contestants are free to create comics by any method, in any location.

A panel of judges consisting of USD English and art faculty as well as the VLP Magazine's editor-in-chief will select the winners, who will be announced on the VLP Web site at

To register for the VLP 24-Hour Comics Contest, fill out the form available at and mail the form with a check to: The Vermillion Literary Project, Dakota Hall 212, University of South Dakota, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069-2390. Registrations must be postmarked by Feb. 23 for early registration rates; late registration available the day of the contest. Contestants can also register in person in the USD English Department, Dakota Hall 212. Registration fees will not be refunded.

Comic writers or illustrators looking for collaborators for the contest should send inquiries to For more information, call (605) 677-5229 or e-mail

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