Welcome to the Excelsior Award

What is the Excelsior Award?

The Excelsior Award is the only fully independent, nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga - where kids aged 9-18 decide the winner (via four age-appropriate categories) by rating each book as they read it! The award now regularly attracts over two hundred schools from all over the UK and Ireland. 

For 2025, twenty graphic novels/manga will be selected for the four age-appropriate shortlists. The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years. The Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there - books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!

Winner 2024

Hades: The Horn of Plenty (published by Autumn Publishing) is the overall winner of the Excelsior Award 2024, as chosen by the students of the UK. Hades was a very interesting winner as, although it is a spin-off of the American-made Disney movie Hercules (1997), the style of storytelling within this book has a very European flavour. Thank you to all the schools that took part this year!

With Great Power There Must Also Come.... Great Supporters!

Many thanks to the following companies, organisations and institutions for their continuing support....

Sheffield Space Centre

Established in 1978, The Sheffield Space Centre is one of the oldest SF, fantasy and comic shops in the UK.

School Library Association

The School Library Association is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.

Cakes With Faces

Funny t-shirts, colourful clothes, accessories and gifts with cute designs inspired by Japanese kawaii. Original designs. UK shop. Fast delivery.

Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics has emerged as the 4th largest comic publishing company in the United States of America. Dividing profits with artists and writers, as well as supporting artistic and creative rights in the comic book industry.

Boom! Studios

Boom! Studios is an American comic book and graphic novel publisher, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Yen Press

Yen Press

American publisher of a wide variety of Japanese manga, Korean manhwa and other international graphic novel content.



British publisher of European comic albums and graphic novels. It describes itself as "The 9th Art Publisher," the 9th art being comics in France, Belgium and Italy.

Classical Comics

Classical Comics

British publisher of graphic novel adaptations of the great works of literature, including Shakespeare, Brontë and Dickens.



Nobrow makes great design, ground-breaking art and narrative, luscious production values and environmental consciousness central to its mission.

IDW Publishing

IDW Publishing

American publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, and comic strip collections. Regularly recognised as the fifth-largest comic book publisher in the United States.

The Phoenix

The Phoenix Comic

The Phoenix is a weekly comic with high quality content and no 3rd party adverts, suitable for girls and boys aged 6-12.



SelfMadeHero publish ground-breaking and beautiful work by authors and artists from across the globe, from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound.