What is the grand prize?
I-PACE, the political action arm of the Indiana State Teachers Association, is sponsoring the cartoon contest and will
award $400.00 to the Grand Prize winner whose cartoons gain the most votes. I-PACE’s goal is to educate ISTA
members and voters at large to issues which led I-PACE and its local PAC affiliates to recommend Glenda Ritz
for Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction and John Gregg for Governor. Issue topics and background
information are provided for the contest (click on Link on top of page), but cartoons on other state issues will
be permitted as well in order to include cartoons on timely campaign developments.
Must I stick to the recommended topic?
It is highly recommended you do so.
Are there second and third place prizes?
No, not for this contest.
IIs voting the only method used to determine a winner?
No. The Contest judges will have the final say on who will move forward.
Votes will be used as a tool by the judges to help them in selecting which cartoons progress forward,
for tiebreakers, and when there is disagreement among judges.
Since contestants publish a new cartoon each week, how are votes counted?
Votes are tallied at the end of the week, and the top vote getters will be considered
eligible for movement to the next round.
Who are the judges?
The judges selected by TCS and remain confidential.
How do I submit my cartoons?
You will submit them electronically, on the website. Once you register, you will
be guided through the process of uploading each cartoon. The contest lasts eight rounds
(each round lasts a week), and a new cartoon is needed for each weeks voting. Contestants
will upload a new cartoon on Sundays…..The upload time frames for cartoons will
- Sunday between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM. Cartoons will be available for viewing and
voting at 12:01 AM on Monday.
Can I upload more than one cartoon at a time?
Yes. For those wishing to do so, all eight cartoons can be uploaded before the contest begins.
However, once uploaded, it cannot be changed or modified. And we all know how quickly political events change.
When does the contest start?
The voting part of the contest will start on Monday, September 10th
The deadline for cartoonists to register and submit their cartoons is Saturday, 9/8 at 11:00 PM.
The contest will start at 12:00 AM Monday morning.
The contest will run for eight (8) weeks
If I am the writer of my strip but someone else does the artwork, should both of
our names be on the strip? If my strip is the winner, will we both receive the prize
as "one person"?
Yes on both. Both writer and illustrator are considered the authors of the strip
and will receive the prize as "one person".
Am I allowed to enter more than one cartoon strip concept? If so, how many?
You can enter more than one cartoon concept. No limit to the number of concepts
you can enter. However, you must enter each concept under a different email address.
Your email address is our control and identification method.
Do I need to copyright my comic strip before submitting it?
That decision is yours. A copyright is as simple as drawing a circle c with your
name and year next to it.
How will I know when my comics have been uploaded?
You will see the strip in the contest section of the website.
Should my drawings only be in black and white or should I color them?
Your choice. You are the contestant and the creator.
Should I send all single panel cartoons or are strips acceptable?
Either is acceptable, but most Editorial Cartoonists stick to single panel.
Is there an age limit? If so, if I have permission from a parent or legal guardian,
will I still be permitted to enter the contest?
There is no age limit or requirement.
Is the contest only for residents of the United States?
No. The contest is Global. For a political cartoon contest, that perspective should
I understand that the contest is open to amateurs only. What is your definition
of an amateur?
For purposes of this contest, an amateur is anyone who derives no more than 25%
of their total annual income from cartooning.
How does the contest work?
The contest lasts eight weeks (or, as we like to say, eight rounds).
The website will display a new cartoon each week, on Monday. However,
the cartoons must be uploaded on Sundays, before 11:00 pm. Each round
starts on Monday and ends Saturday at 11:59 PM. The judges review the
voting results and use the voting for 'guidance' in selecting who will
move forward. Approximately 10% of the contestants are eliminated each
week. So, the contest runs for 8 weeks, and at the end, one winner will
How many runners-up will there be?
There are no runners-up. There is Grand Prize winner.
What kind of material is acceptable? Can you give me examples as to what you view
Foul language, explicit drawings or material that would generally be considered
pornographic or in bad taste will be deleted from the contest, and be at the sole
discretion of the Studio and contest Operators.
If I submit material that is inappropriate in the eyes of the judges, will I be
notified so I can submit a substitute?
The website operators may choose to alert the cartoonists, if they deem it an error
in judgment. However, if there is a question by the cartoonist as to the acceptability
of a cartoon, the cartoonist should contact
Do I need to number my selections so you will know in which order to put them?
No….The sequence that you use to upload the cartoon to the website is the sequence
they will appear.
What size should I draw my comics?
The maximum size (dimension) of comic strip to be uploaded, should not exceed 800
(Width) 600 (Height). The file size of the comic strip to be uploaded should not
exceed 2 MB. Allowed file type extensions are: PNG, JPG, JPEG, BMP. TIF extension
will not be allowed and the website will not allow users to upload TIF file .
I have comics already on the Amateur Cubicle. Would it be a good idea to submit
some of those for the contest?
No. The contest is separate from the Amateur Cubicle. You want to use 'fresh' strips
that have not been seen.
Are digital drawings allowed?
Yes. The nature of the web site requires digitized images.