Comic & Cartoon Annual

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce the third 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.


The M. Prize 

The Society is pleased to announce the M. Prize, a financial award given in memory of Timothy Patrick Moynihan to gold and silver medalists of the Comic and Cartoon Art Annual. Gold medalists will each receive $200 and silver medalists will receive $100. 

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.



Long FormA 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. There are two subcategories for Long Form.  Long Form ADULT and Long Form Kids (Children's/ Young Adult).


Short Form: A work that is two pages or more, 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. 

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.  Please note, you may include the link to the webcomic in the description of the entry for works that are longer format.

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.

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