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You think you're funny, but do your funnies draw us in?

This contest is for cartoonists who are looking for their big break. You might be an up-and-coming artist who draws cartoons for a nonprofessional blog, a student who has an ongoing strip in a college newspaper, or a novice who is constantly doodling characters, jokes or stories in a notebook. Your cartoons might have story lines and complex characters, or simple but hilarious one-liners, or witty social commentary. This is not a contest for editorial cartoonists, but otherwise, the possibilities are wide open - as long as you have the talent and stamina it takes to create a fresh comic strip that draws readers in and keeps them coming back for more.


The entries.

Upload six black-and-white cartoon examples that best represent your comic strip. They can follow one or more story lines, or be completely independent of each other. They can be multi- or single-paneled, as long as they fit one of The Washington Post's two standard comic measurements. Please include the name of your cartoon and the other information requested on the entry form, and make sure that your entry is below our file size limit before you upload. Entries are due by 5 p.m. June 4.

Read the complete contest rules for additional information and eligibility requirements, check out our FAQ, and then submit your entry here!


The challenges.

Our judges will select 10 finalists to compete for the title of America's Next Great Cartoonist. Celebrity judges - including "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau, "Pearls Before Swine" creator Stephan Pastis, "Cul de Sac" creator Richard Thompson and others - will weigh in with comments before the contest is opened to reader voting. All finalists will be considered for the possibility of syndication through The Washington Post Writers Group. Readers will be invited to comment on the cartoons and vote for their favorite strip. Five cartoonists will advance to the next round, in which we will ask the finalists to complete a second challenge: They must submit feedback on the comments they've received, a character sheet providing more details on their strips, and one color Sunday-style cartoon - all on deadline. Once the cartoonists have submitted their second round of materials, readers will vote again to elect the contest winner.


The prize.

The winner, to be announced on or around July 15, will get a chance to have his or her comic strip published daily for one month in the Style section of The Washington Post and in the Comic Riffs blog of The winner will also receive $1,000, one-on-one consultation with a judge, and potentially be asked to participate in an online discussion and interviews. We'll set you, our promising artist, on a path to become the next rising cartoonist, exposing your work to a national audience and giving your cartoon a chance to be the strip that everyone wants to read.

Posted by The Washington Post on May 7, 2010 3:39 PM

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