Annual Convention

Annual Convention October 5-8

The AAEC and Association of Canadian Cartoonists will be joining with the Cartoon Art Museum in San Franscisco for a 3-day celebration of editorial art and political cartoonists, October 5-8, 2023.

Online registration is now open!

2012 Contest Entry Information

The Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience

Presented by: The Hunter College Department of Film & Media Studies, an Awards Committee of journalists, media critics and artists and an advisory board of cartoonists and illustrators.
Description: honors satiric graphic art that shows distinction in some combination of the following features: creative mastery of traditional artistic technique, coherent, compassionate, consistent social vision, inventive comic narrative, innovation in forms or media of cartooning.
Requirements: Open to editorial cartooning and graphic satire, including animations, published in print or digital media during 2012. Mail form (found on website), submit a portfolio of best work (maximum of 10 pieces), a personal-professional statement (max. 300 words) and entry fee. In late January, all those who have submitted the above will receive an e-mail with instructions to upload a digital copy, the final step in the submission process. Hard copies do not need to be high res or in color; they are for records only; all work will be judged based on the digital version.
Entry fee: $30: staff and for-profit publications; $15: non-profit publications and freelancers. Make checks payable to ‘Hunter College Foundation—Aronson Awards’
Deadline: Mail materials by January 15, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entry form, portfolio, statement and entry fee to:
Grambs Aronson Cartooning Award c/o Peter Parisi
Department of Film & Media Studies
Hunter College, Room 433, Hunter North
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065-5085
For more information:

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The Herblock Prize

Presented by:  The Herb Block Foundation
Description: For excellence in editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression.
Requirements: Open to any newspaper, magazine, wire service or syndicate cartoonist for editorial or political cartoons published in a daily or weekly newspaper or magazine published in the U.S. or its territories in 2012, including U.S. editions of foreign publications. Submit no more than 15 or no fewer than 10 entries per individual. Include bio and photo. Animated cartoons also accepted for consideration. See website for full list of rules and submission requirements.
Entry fee: waived
Prize: $15,000 tax free cash award and a sterling silver Tiffany & Co. trophy. In addition, a finalist will receive a $5,000 tax-free cash award.
Deadline: Submitted or postmarked no later than February 1, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to:
The Herb Block Foundation
1730 M Street, NW, Suite #901
Washington D.C.  20036
For more information:, (202) 223-8801

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National Headliner Awards

Presented by:  Press Club of Atlantic City
Requirements: Open to all material appearing in a paid-circulation publication or broadcast in the United States in 2012. For print submissions, entries must show publication date as proof of eligibility. There is no limit on the number of entries that may be submitted, but each entry may be entered in only one category. See entry form for full list of requirements and number of copies to submit (for editorial cartoons, submit 10 samples).
Entry fee: $75. Tax-exempt IRS number is 22-213-8237 (Press Club of Atlantic City)
Deadline: Must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to:
National Headliner Awards
P.O. Box 239
Northfield, NJ  08225-0239
For more information: or call Erika Melhorn at (609) 601-2116

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The Pulitzer Prize

Description: Awarded for a distinguished cartoon or portfolio, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, published as a still drawing, animation or both.
Requirements: For work in a U.S. newspaper or news site that publishes at least weekly, published during 2012. Entries in all 14 Journalism categories must be submitted electronically through entry site. Submissions on paper are not accepted. Limited to 20 entries. Biography, photo of cartoonist and cover letter required; see for full list of requirements.
Entry fee: $50 per entry, by credit card only
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: January 25, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to: Entries must be submitted digitally.
For more information:, (212) 854-3841

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Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

Presented by:  Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
Description: The awards honor outstanding cartoons on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy’s concerns including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action.
Requirements: For work published in the United States during 2012. Submit entry form, electronic portfolio of cartoon work, brief description of body of work and its impact. Cartoon submissions must be presented as a body of work; single entries will not be accepted. Portfolios must be limited to a maximum of 15 cartoons.
Entry fee: $75
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: Entries must be received by February 15, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to: No paper applications will be accepted this year; see website for instructions on submitting entries online
For more information:

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Scripps Howard Awards – editorial cartooning award has been discontinued

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Sigma Delta Chi Award

Presented by:  Society of Professional Journalists
Requirements: recognizes an editorial cartoon published in a newspaper, magazine, newsletter or online news site in 2012. Judging based on craftsmanship, interest, forcefulness, general worth and originality. Entrants should submit PDFs of five different cartoons on marked newspaper/magazine pages, or links to the cartoons published on an online news site. The date of publication should be visible. Entries must be submitted with cover letter.
Entry fee: $60 for SPJ members, $100 for nonmembers
Deadline: February 7, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to: Online application only.
For more information:, (317) 927-8000

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The Thomas Nast Award

Presented by:  Overseas Press Club
Description: For coverage of international affairs.
Requirements: Work must be published or broadcast in the U.S. or by a U.S.-based company or distributed for an American audience during 2012. Limit of 12 cartoons (10” at longest dimention, 300dpi, jpg), accompanied by proof of publication, application and brief statement.
Entry fee: $200
Prize: $1,000
Deadline: January 30, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to: Online submissions only; check site for details
For more information: contact Sonya Fry using online contact form, or call (212) 626-9220


The John Locher Memorial Award

Presented by:  Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC)
Requirements: Open to student cartoonists age 17-25 from U.S., Canada or Mexico. Submit 4 copies each of 4 best samples. (No originals!)
Entry fee: $10
Prize: $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the an
nual convention of the AAEC (usually held in June).
Deadline: March 15, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to:
AAEC/John Locher Award Contest
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
3899 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA  17110
For more information:, access Locher Award info under the AAEC tab.

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Mark of Excellence Awards

Presented by:  Society of Professional Journalists
Description: Honoring the best of student editorial cartoons.
Requirements: Open to student cartoonists currently enrolled in a U.S. college for work published in 2012 in a newspaper, magazine or on an online news site. International SPJ student members may also enter. Submit three different published cartoons commenting on issues of significance to the newspaper’s readers. All three cartoons should be by the same cartoonist. Upload all three cartoons as one entry. Do not submit cartoons separately. Entrant should submit a PDF of the newspaper/magazine page on which the cartoon appeared, or a link to the illustration published on an online news site. The dates of publication should be visible.
Entry fee: $9 SPJ members (include membership number), $18 non-members.
Deadline: January 24, 2013
Rules and entry form:
Send entries to: Online application only:
For more information:, (317) 927-8000

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