1. Be most concerned with the originality and
clarity of your cartoon's ideas. The artistic merit of the cartoon
will be considered secondarily and only after the judges have
had a nice meal.
2. Select news stories of major continuing interest
-- what's news in December may not be news in March, when the
contest closes. And few people outside of your family are going
to be interested in a caricature of your uncle Ernie.
3. Study some professionally drawn editorial cartoons
closely before trying to create one of your own. Remember, study
them, but don't copy them.
4. Don't clutter your cartoon with too many different
ideas. Decide on a single point you want to make.
5. Use black ink on
white paper. Draw in bold lines. Keep lettering large and legible.
6. Draw your cartoons in a horizontal,
not vertical, format. We're not sure why, but vertical just isn't
7. Don't create a cartoon that is just
a slogan ("Don't Smoke", "Watch Less TV",
etc.). Be funny or thought provoking. Or both.
8. Again, and we cannot stress this enough, be
original. Your cartoon may express a widely held view of a leader
or issue, but it cannot reflect another cartoonist's way of expressing