Welcome to the 2020 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards page! Our goal for the EGL Awards program is to celebrate the best in graphic novel publishing while also bringing together readers, educators, librarians, booksellers, and the publishing industry.


The Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards program was started in 2017 by the Denver-based non-profit Pop Culture Classroom to help define and grow needed awareness for quality graphic literature, drive growth for the graphic novel publishing industry, and grow legitimacy and respect for the medium and its creators.

Since its inaugural year, the EGLs have worked with dozens of prestigious jurors from across the world, received hundreds of submitted titles, and recognized some of the most innovative, exciting, and educational graphic literature being published today!

The overall goals of the EGL Awards program are to:

  1. Help educators and librarians identify high quality graphic literature to bring into diverse educational settings, and
  2. Help publishers of graphic novels increase their sales and growth potential with libraries and schools.

In support of this two-fold vision, the program is designed to create or improve market awareness of new titles, extend the sales windows and increase momentum for existing titles, and amplify and confirm publishers’ content strategies and marketing decisions as they apply to librarians and educators.

The program culminates annually at the EGL Awards Gala held each year at Denver Pop Culture Con. The gala celebrates the best in graphic literature and recognizes the most talented, innovative, and influential creators of the medium.

In addition to receiving the prestigious EGL Award, winning and nominated titles earn the honor of including a cover medallion on all prints. This medallion is also intended to make it easier for families, teachers, librarians and all-aged readers to identify the highest quality titles, which in turn benefits the entire industry through increased sales and growth.