Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline February 2, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

To commemorate Herb Block’s legacy, the Foundation awards the annual Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning. The Foundation created the Herblock Prize in 2004 to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression. Presented each spring at the Library of Congress, the prize is awarded by The Herb Block Foundation for distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous standard set by Herblock and is judged by a panel of outside experts.

Notable Winners

Jen Sorensen
The Austin Chronicle

Dan Perkins, aka Tom Tomorrow
creator of This Modern World

Matt Bors &

Tom Toles
Editorial Cartoonist for The Washington Post 2011


Judging for the contest is from a panel of outside experts.

Monetary/Material Award Details

The winner will attend the annual Herblock Prize & Lecture to receive a $15,000 tax-free cash award and a trophy from Tiffany & Co. designed for the Herblock Prize.

A finalist will be announced and receive a $5,000 tax-free cash award.

Eligibility Requirements

The Herblock Prize contest is open to any newspaper, magazine, wire service or syndicate cartoonist for editorial or political cartoons published in a daily, weekly, or monthly newspaper or magazine published in the U.S. or its territories in 2014. Cartoons appearing in U.S. editions of foreign publications are also eligible. In keeping with the changes in the editorial cartooning landscape, the Foundation will accept animated cartoons for consideration for the Herblock Prize.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

• All entries must be submitted or postmarked no later than Feb. 2, 2015 for calendar year 2014.
• Entrants can either enter their own work or be sponsored by their publication. If the entry is sponsored, the entry must be accompanied by a cover letter from the sponsor.
• There can be no more than 15 entries nor fewer than 10 entries per individual.
• Each cartoon entered must be an 8 x 10 inch print of the original submitted in a three-ring binder (or similar size and form).
• Animated entries should be provided on a CD (preferably in QuickTime format).
• Each entrant must provide a biography and a photo with the submission.

Entry Format

• Material submitted with the entry becomes the property of The Herb Block Foundation and may be used to publicize the awards program or collected in educational and/or research archives for educational purposes.
• Contestants or their sponsor must certify that the submitted entries were published as presented in the year of contest eligibility.
• The winner must agree to appear at the Herblock Prize awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. (typically btw March and May)

Entries may be mailed to:
The Herb Block Foundation
1730 M Street, NW Suite # 901
Washington, DC 20036

Contact Information

Phone: 202-223-8801
Fax: 202-223-8804
e-mail: [email protected]

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