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Comic and Cartoon Art Annual 2016

Accepting entries until February 12, 2016

2016 Student Scholarship

Accepting entries until January 30, 2016

Comic and Cartoon Art Annual 2016

Chair: R. Sikoryak
Co-Chair: Lauren Weinstein
Poster Art: Leslie Stein

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce the second annual Comic and Cartoon Art Competition.

Open to artists worldwide, entries are considered by a jury of professionals, including renowned cartoonists, illustrators, publishers, and editors. The competition will result in an exhibition that will showcase the most outstanding works created in this genre throughout each year.

The original works will be exhibited in the MoCCA Gallery at the Society of Illustrators from June 14 - August 20, 2016.

An Opening Reception and Award Gala will take place on June 17th, 2016. Medals and Certificates will be presented to the artists whose works are judged best in each category.

All accepted entries will be reproduced in a full color catalog.

A selection of 40 works from each Exhibition will then tour colleges throughout the country in an educational traveling show, a tradition that we have had at the Society for over 30 years.


Digital Media: Work that is native to a digital format. Includes web comics, online comic strips, and other digitally driven works. Up to 20 images accepted per entry.

Comic Strip: A short-form work published in newspapers, magazines, books, online, etc. featuring four or more panels. Must be one page or less.

Single Image: Work featuring a self-contained narrative image with or without caption. Includes gag cartoons, political cartoons, single-panel cartoons, etc.

SPECS: Images can be up to 1400 pixels on the longest side, RGB, JPG.

$30 per entry for non-members of the Society of Illustrators.
$20 for members of the Society of Illustrators.
Pay online or mail a check. Checks made out to Society of Illustrators.


Long Form: A work that is longer than 40 pages. Includes graphic novels, comic books, etc. An anthology is eligible in this category if it is created by one person, and the individual stories form a cohesive whole. If stories should be judged independently, please submit an entry form per person.

Short Form: A work that is more than two pages but shorter than 40 pages. Includes stand-alone work, zines, comic books and work that has been published in anthologies. Work appearing in anthologies may be entered in this category if the individual story is shorter than 40 pages. If stories should be judged independently please submit an entry form per story.

Special Format: Work that is design-driven and created with special attention to production values, including limited edition, small press, hand-made and artist's books.

SPECS: Book categories (Long Form, Short Form, Special Format) submissions must be mailed to the Society of Illustrators. Mail 4 copies of the publication to the Society of Illustrators: 128 East 63 Street, New York, NY, 10065. Attn: Comic and Cartoon Art Competition. Must include the official entry form with each copy. Visit for more information.

2016 Student Scholarship

Only department chairs/administrators are eligible to enter work on behalf of Undergraduate illustration students. If you fit this requirement and have not received the packet of guidelines, please contact