The first Editorial Cartoon contest from The New York Times’ Learning Network invites students to channel their thoughts into images, with inspiration from The Times’ cartoonists. Students’ challenge is in coming up with good ideas; artistic talent is secondary. Students should find an issue or topic that matters to them, either from current events or historical events covered in The Times, and make their own cartoon. When they’re done, they can use the online submission form to enter the contest.
With its contest partner, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, The Times will then use a rubric (available as a PDF) to select winners for publishing on The Learning Network. Students will also have a chance to enter their work in a related contest when this one is over. For step-by-step help in analyzing and creating a good editorial cartoon, teachers can use the free lesson plan, Drawing for Change: Analyzing and Making Political Cartoons.
Deadline: October 20, 2015, for submissions