The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

About this Special Achievement Award:

The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon, underwritten by The Herb Block Foundation, provides three students who exhibit excellence in editorial cartoons with $1,000 scholarships.

What is an editorial cartoon?

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.

Editorial cartoons record history, contribute social commentaries, and promote freedom of expression.


  • Download a flyer to share with students and educators.
  • Contact for a guide on talking about the Editorial Cartoon category on social media, and to host a workshop.
  • Access The New York Times’ Learning Network for free resources on lesson planning.
  • Jumpstart creativity using such topics as current events, politics, elections, civics, domestic affairs, foreign policy, economics, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

How to apply:

All submissions to the Editorial Cartoon category will be considered. Click here to apply.

About Our Partner:

The Herb Block Foundation is committed to defending basic freedoms, combating 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.
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Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

Brandon Lee, Javier Gutierrez, and Joy Han

JAVIER GUTIERREZ, Wish You Were Here!, Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. Grade 12, Age 18, Reavis High School, Burbank, IL. The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon