The Legischool Project

Editorial Cartoon Contest

Submission Deadline: March 10, 2017

An editorial cartoon (also known as a political cartoon), is an image that is typically used to comment on political events or issues. These types of cartoons incorporate allusions, symbols, metaphors, caricatures and more as powerful tools that help convey the creator's message. In this contest, LegiSchool and KQED's The Lowdown invite high school students to express their opinions on current issues by creating their own original editorial cartoon.

The topic of the carton must be an issue that is relevant to California. Past cartoons have focused on higher education, environmental laws, voter turnout, the drought, health care and more.

First, visit and complete the entry form online. Then, you may use the form to submit your entry, or mail it to:

The LegiSchool Project
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081

The first place winner will receive $150 and four runners up will receive $100 each. Cartoons will be judges primarily on content and creativity, not artistic ability.

Winning students will be notified by March 29, 2017 and their artwork will be displayed on the KQED website. All entries will remain the property of The LegiSchool Project. Proof of citizenship must be provided in order to claim prize money. Parent/guardian permission is required for cartoons to be published online.

Each year, teachers from around the state use our editorial cartoon contest as an entertaining way to get students involved in both contemporary issues and historical events. Use this contest to teach concepts in English, Social Science and Visual Arts.

For a teaching guide with resources and lesson plans to help you incorporate editorial cartoons into your classroom, please visit:

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