You think you're funny, but do your
funnies draw us in?
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.
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.
Read the complete
contest rules for additional information and eligibility requirements,
check out our FAQ,
and then submit your entry
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.
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 washingtonpost.com. 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.