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!


This is the last big week to enter editorial cartoonist contests for a while, with deadlines for some of the biggest awards including the Herblock. Here are all the contest windows that are closing during the next seven days:


The “Best Cartoon” Award
(formerly the THOMAS NAST Award)
Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
Rules and entry form available online:

Annual award from the Overseas Press Club of America for “best cartoon” on international affairs published during 2019 in a U.S.-based publication or for a U.S.-based audience. $200 entry fee. Organizer Patricia Kranz noted, “If it is difficult for you to pay the full $200 entry fee, contact me at about financial help.”


*NEW* Annual Cartoonist Studio Prize
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Rules and entry form available online:

Each year Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies gives two awards to work that exemplifies excellence in cartooning in print and online. While the award is not specifically for political cartooning, so what — if the Pulitzers can give an opinion award to what is clearly enterprise reporting, Slate can honor political work. No ENTRY fee.


The Herblock Prize
Deadline: February 3, 2020
Rules and entry form available online:

Open to newspaper, magazine, syndicate or wire service cartoonists for work published in 2019 in the U.S. or its territories, or in foreign editions of U.S.-based publications. No entry fee.


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
Deadline: EXTENDED TO February 10, 2020
Rules and entry form available online:

The RFK awards honor outstanding coverage of human rights and social justice issues, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world, for work published in 2019. $75 fee required for each entry. Check their site for new submission guidelines.


National Headliner Awards
Deadline: EXTENDED TO Feb. 14, 2020
Rules and entry form available online:

Headliner competition is open to all material appearing in a paid-circulation publication or broadcast in the United States in 2019. Registration fee of $75 per entry. Please check their site for new rules.

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The mission of the AAEC is to champion and defend editorial cartooning and free speech as essential to liberty in the United States and throughout the world.

The AAEC aims to be an international leader in support of the human, civil, and artistic rights of editorial cartoonists around the world, and to stand with other international groups in support of the profession.



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.