Deadline for completed submissions is 11:59pm PST on July 1, 2022

A select committee of judges has once again come together for the purpose of recognizing outstanding work that promotes diversity in the comic book medium both on the page and behind the scenes, in the spirit of the pioneering creator, Dwayne McDuffie.

“The thing I love about the DMAD, and it’s part of what I loved about Dwayne McDuffie himself, is that the award is about recognizing talent worthy of being praised, yet may be struggling to be seen.”
David F. Walker, co-creator (with Brian Michael Bendis) of DC Comics’ and The CW’s Naomi McDuffie, so named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie

Please note: All of the information provided will be kept confidential and be used for evaluation purposes only. The judging committee will review the submissions and select the nominees, then the Award honoree. Among the criteria for inclusion are: Broadening the range of characters portrayed in comics, adding to the variety of creators contributing to the medium, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women, minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals in comic books and pop culture.

To submit a nomination, please complete all fields and submit each nomination form separately. You can submit the work to be considered in multiple ways indicated below.

The winner will be announced during Long Beach Comic Con in Long Beach, CA on Labor Day weekend 2022, at a ceremony presided over by actor Phil LaMarr, who voiced both heroes Static/Virgil and John Stewart/Green Lantern in the animated Warner Bros.’ series, Static Shock and Justice League Unlimited, written and produced by Mr. McDuffie.

If the DMAD ceremony is unable to be held in person, an online video presentation will be produced instead. Like last year.




There are three ways you can submit your work to us.

To submit your work via e-mail, please complete the rest of this form and submit it. After submission you can e-mail your work to Your work should be emailed as a PDF file and a maximum of 15MB.

You can also include a photo of yourself (in JPG format). Your image should be no larger than 5MB.

If your work is available online you can submit a link directly to the file. Please copy and paste the full website link below.

If you have a photo of yourself online, you can include the link to the photo: