Our Third Annual Student Editorial Cartoon Contest

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Past winners of our Editorial Cartoon Contest, clockwise from top left: Bryant Johnson, age 14; Elise McComb, age 14; Frances Figel, age 17; Margaret Lu, age 16.

On The Learning Network, we constantly invite teenagers to write about their opinions, but it’s only during our annual Editorial Cartoon Contest that we ask them to illustrate those ideas.

With this, our third annual Editorial Cartoon Contest, we are inviting students to channel their thoughts into images, with inspiration from New York Times cartoonists like Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song and from our 2015 and 2016 winners.

So if you have something to say about President Trump, immigration, fast fashion, football, robots, standardized testing or anything else The Times covers, try making an editorial cartoon that shows us what you think.

As Mr. Chappatte says in the video below, the challenge for a cartoonist is in coming up with good ideas; artistic talent is secondary. So find an issue or topic that matters to you, either from current events or historical events covered in The Times, and make your own cartoon.

When you’re done, use the submission form below to enter the contest by Oct. 17. Our judges will then use this rubric (PDF) to select winners for publishing on The Learning Network.

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For detailed rules as well as information about a chance to win a scholarship in a related contest, see below. And for step-by-step help in analyzing the elements of a good editorial cartoon and creating your own, use this related lesson plan, “Drawing for Change: Analyzing and Making Political Cartoons.”

Editorial Cartoon Contest 2017 Submission Form



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