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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.

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.

Getting Started on Your Submission

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

Explore activities from Teaching Tolerance on using editorial cartoons to teach across many social justice topics.

Check out Drawing for Change: Analyzing and Making Political Cartoons from the New York Time’s Learning Network to learn about editorial cartoons and to guide you in making your own.

Visit Scholastic’s Herblock and Editorial Cartooning Guide to create cartoons about democracy, education, politicians, the environment, and civil rights.

Educators can use our presentation to teach editorial cartooning in the classroom.

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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.