The John Locher Memorial Award is open to full-time college student cartoonists, including web cartoonists, and graphic journalists with an emphasis on political and social issues, ages 17-25.  Single-panel, multi-panel, and animated entries will be accepted. 

The prestigious award includes a $1,000 cash prize in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. The winner will also receive a VIP pass to the 2016 CTN Animation eXpo.

Entries are currently being accepted and can be submitted through this form

Contest entries are limited to student cartoonists from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Entrants must submit four of their cartoons as published online. Only digital submissions will be accepted. 

Entrants must be aged 17 - 25. The deadline to submit entries to the annual award contest has been extended until May 15th. Entries are judged by the Lochers and a committee of editorial cartoonists.

In addition to the $1,000 cash award, the winner receives a personalized plaque and an expense-paid trip to the AAEC convention. Attendance at the convention enables the winner to attend workshops and meet editorial cartoonists from across the world. The 2016 AAEC convention will be held in Durham, North Carolina, September 21-24th. The winner's editorial cartoons will also be seen in college newspapers all over the country. It will also be distributed weekly over the wire to college newspapers across the country by McClatchy-Tribune Campus News Service.

The AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award was founded in 1986 by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. They felt the need to establish an award that would not only honor the memory of John Locher, but also would help discover young cartoonists and stimulate interest in editorial cartooning among college-age students in North America.

The Award was named in honor of the late son of Dick and Mary Locher. Dick Locher is a Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist. He was also both the author and artist for the "Dick Tracy" comic strip until his retirement in 2011. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is a professional association concerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance and student editorial cartoonists in the United States.

Should you have any questions about this contest, please contact Dan Nott, Locher Award manager, by sending an email to locheraward "at"