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John Locher Memorial AwardRecognizing its 28th year of celebrating student editorial cartoonists, the prestigious John Locher Memorial Award includes a $1,000 cash prize in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.

Entries are currently being accepted and can be submitted to AAEC. An entry fee of $10 is required. Click to here to download the 2015 Application Form (pdf).

Contest entries are limited to student cartoonists from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Entrants must submit four copies of four of their cartoons as printed in their college or university newspaper.

Entrants must be 25 or younger and bona fide undergraduate students. The deadline to submit entries to the annual Award contest is March 15. Entries are judged by the Lochers and a committee of editorial cartoonists.

In addition to the $1,000 cash award, the winner of the Locher Award receives a personalized plaque and an expense-paid trip to the AAEC convention. Attendance at the convention enables the winner to attend workshops and meet editorial cartoonists. The 2015 AAEC Convention will be held in September in Columbus, Ohio. The winner's editorial cartoons will also be seen in college newspapers all over the country. It will also be distributed weekly over the wire to college newspapers across the country by McClatchy-Tribune Campus News Service.

The AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award was founded in 1986 by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. They felt the need to establish an award that would not only honor the memory of John Locher, but also would help discover young cartoonists and stimulate interest in editorial cartooning among college-age students in North America.

The Award was named in honor of the late son of Dick and Mary Locher. Dick is a Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist. He was also both the author and artist for the "Dick Tracy" comic strip until his retirement in 2011. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is a professional association concerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance and student editorial cartoonists in the United States.

Should you have any questions about this contest, please contact Stephanie MacMillan, AAEC manager, by filling out the contact form.




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