The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

About this Scholarship:

Sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon offers $1,000 scholarships for three students whose visual art offers commentary or criticism on current events, social events, or political topics. 

Who is eligible for this award?

All students in the U.S. or Canada enrolled in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate.

What are editorial cartoons, and why should I create them? 

An editorial cartoon is a drawing or illustration, series of artworks, or animated short films that offer commentary or criticism on current events, social events, or political topics. Sample topics include, but are not limited to: breaking news, politics, elections, civics, domestic affairs, foreign policy, economics, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Your voice can record history, contribute social commentary, and promote freedom of expression. 

When is the application due?

Submissions open on September 1, 2020. Regional deadlines vary and can be as early as December 1, 2020. Click here to look up your regional deadline.

How do I apply?

Submit your work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. When selecting the category of your work, choose “Editorial Cartoon”. Editorial cartoons eligible for this award include single-panel drawings with captions, sequential comic art, illustrations, digitally created drawings, or animated films (no longer than 60 seconds) with a political theme or message. 

Getting Started on Your Submission 

These resources can help you learn about current events and create your own art and writing about it. 

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Congratulations to our 2020 recipients!

Gina Bae, Steve Dou, and Yarlhin Lopez

About Our Partner:

The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combatting all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the condition of the poor and underprivileged, in memory of the four-time Pulitzer-Prize winner and political cartoonist Herb Block.