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The Herblock Award for Editorial Cartoon

About This Scholarship

Underwritten 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.

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.

How do I apply?

Enter your work to any category in 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.

Regional deadlines are as early as December 1, 2021.


Getting Started on Your Cartoon

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

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. herbblockfoundation.org