AAEC Lists 2022 Cartoon Contest Deadlines

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has listed the available information and deadlines for cartooning awards to be presented in 2022 for work done in 2021.

Quickly approaching deadlines include:


The Pulitzer Prize
Deadline: January 25, 2022
The URL for the Journalism entry site is entrysite.pulitzer.org.
12/23/2021: The Journalism entry site has reopened for the 2022 cycle. The deadline for entry is January 25, 2022.
For work published in print or online by a United States-based news organization with a regular publication schedule in 2021.

For a distinguished portfolio of editorial cartoons or other illustrated work (still, animated, or both) characterized by political insight, editorial effectiveness, or public service value, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000). Entry fee: $75 per entry – paid by credit card only


The “Best Cartoon” Award (formerly the THOMAS NAST Award)
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Rules and entry form available online: http://www.opcofamerica.org/

Annual award from the Overseas Press Club of America for “best cartoon” on international affairs published during 2021 in a U.S.-based publication or for a U.S.-based audience. All award winners receive a certificate and a $1,000 prize. $200 entry fee.


The Herblock Prize
Deadline: February 1, 2022
Rules and entry form available online: https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/herblock-prize/entry-form

Open to newspaper, magazine, syndicate or wire service cartoonists for work published in 2021 in the U.S. or its territories, or in foreign editions of U.S.-based publications. No entry fee.


National Headliner Awards
Deadline: February 11, 2022
Rules and entry form available online: http://www.headlinerawards.org/entry/

Headliner competition is open to all material appearing in a paid-circulation publication or broadcast in the United States in 2021. Entry fee $75


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
Deadline: TBA (usually the first week in February)
Rules and entry form available online: https://rfkhumanrights.org/awards/book-journalism-awards

The RFK awards honor outstanding coverage of human rights and social justice issues, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world, for work published in 2021. Entry fee: $75.



Sigma Delta Chi Award
Deadline: February 7, 2022
Rules and entry form available online: http://www.spj.org/a-sdx.asp

The award from the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes an editorial cartoonist published in a newspaper, magazine, newsletter or on-line news site during 2021. $60 fee per entry for SPJ members or $100 fee for nonmembers.



Mark of Excellence Awards
Deadline: January 24, 20212
Rules and entry form available online: http://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp

Open to student cartoonists currently enrolled in college for work published in 2021. $20 entry fee for SPJ members, $30 for non-members.


For more prize deadlines and details go to the AAEC page.

Apologies for this notice being too late for the NNA.


National Newspaper Awards (Canada)
Deadline: January 9, 2022
Rules and entry form available online: http://www.nna-ccj.ca

Open to cartoons appearing in daily Canadian newspapers (or their online editions) in 2021. Entry fee: $50