The John Locher Memorial Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. Single panel, multi-panel, and animated editorial cartoons and comics will be accepted. Both students and non-students are eligible to submit.

The prestigious award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. There is no application fee. 

Entries are currently being accepted and should be submitted online through this form by 11:59 p.m., June 15th. Please provide four examples of your best work. Only digital submissions will be accepted. Contest entries are limited to cartoonists living in the United States. Submissions must be by a single creator.

Entrants must be 18-25 years old. Entries are judged by a rotating panel of cartoonists and AAEC members.

In addition to the $1,000 cash award, the winner receives a personalized plaque and an all-expense paid trip to the AAEC convention. Attending the convention enables the winner to attend workshops and meet top cartoonists from around the world.

Read more about the history of the Locher Award.

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