Annual Convention

Annual Convention October 3-6

The AAEC and Association of Canadian Cartoonists will be teaming up with the Université du Québec à Montréal for a 3-day celebration political cartoonists, October 3-6, 2024.

Online registration coming soon!

Cartoon contest deadlines for 2018


Yes, yes, everyone poo-poos awards — until you win one! Here are the contests and deadlines coming up. 

National Newspaper Awards (Canada) — DEADLINE: Jan. 15, 2018

Pulitzer — Deadline: Jan. 25, 2018

The Thomas Nast Award — Deadline: Jan. 30, 2018

Herblock — Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

National Headliner Awards— Deadline: Feb. 2, 2018

Walker Stone Award (Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards) —Deadline: Feb. 2, 2018

Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award — Deadline: Feb. 2, 2018

The Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience — Deadline: Feb. 15, 2018

Sigma Delta Chi Award — Deadline: Feb. 19, 2018

The Art of Resistance — Feb. 23, 2018

International Editorial Cartoon Competition — Deadline: March 2018

Rex Babin Memorial Award for Local Editorial Cartooning — Deadline: Septemberish

Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons — Deadline: October


Student Awards

Mark of Excellence Awards — Deadline: Jan. 18, 2018

The John Locher Memorial Award — Deadline: June 15, 2018

The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartooning (Scholastic Art & Writing Awards) Deadline: Fall 2018.


NOTE: The John Fischetti Award for Editorial Cartooning has been discontinued by Columbia College Chicago. The college still offers a John Fischetti Scholarship each year to eligible journalism students. Also, the Scripps Howard Award for Editorial Cartooning has been folded into the Foundation's Walker Stone Award, which is open to all op/ed writers, artists and on-air personalities in all mediums.


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Cartoons in Education

Every two weeks throughout the year, The Learning Forum and the AAEC offers CARTOONS FOR THE CLASSROOM, a free lesson resource for teachers discussing current events.  Visit for more lesson plans.