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Editorial Cartoon Contest

Every year, The Buffalo News invites students from across Western New York to step into the shoes of an editorial cartoonist and put to paper an original idea or opinion on the pressing issues of our time. This beloved 27-year tradition now features three categories:

General: Students are asked to convey their opinion on any relevant issue or event they care about. Winners are selected in three divisions based on school year.

  • Division I: Grade 5 
  • Division II: Grades 6-8 
  • Division III: Grades 9-12 

TR Site Informed Citizen Award: Presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, students must provide commentary specific to immigration and urban poverty, race and social inequities, big business and labor, US role in global affairs or environmental conservation. Winners are selected across grades 5-12. 

Best Local Cartoon: The subject of choice must relate to life in Western New York. Winners are selected across grades 5-12. 

Each submission is individually judged by The News’ very own Pulitzer-Prize winning Editorial Cartoonist Adam Zyglis—a finalist himself back in middle school.

“It makes it extra special to judge – I can truly put myself in the shoes of the students entering” – Adam Zyglis

2021 Editorial Cartoon Contest 

We're now accepting entries for our 2021 Editorial Cartoon Contest! The deadline to enter is April 28 (No purchase necessary). Our judge will award a minimum of 16 prizes to students, in addition to honorable mentions. 

  • First place prize: $100 
  • Second place prize: $60
  • Third place prize: $50 
  • Honorable mention prize: $25  

How to enter 

Students can enter online by completing our digital form and uploading their cartoon. They may also download the official entry form and submit it with their cartoon by mail. 

Before submitting your work please make sure to review our official contest rules. We can't wait to see what you create! 


Contact Lisa Cislo at 849-5522 or by email at

*Are you a Western New York Educator looking for more information? Download our teacher's form

Thank you to our sponsor

Once again, we are honored to partner with the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and offer the TR Site Informed Citizen Award. The Buffalo News is grateful for their continued support. 



See our 2020 Editorial Cartoon Contest winners

Congratulations from all of us at The Buffalo News! Your insight, commentary and creative minds never cease to inspire us, and this year was no exception.

General, Grade 5

First place: Hayden Printz, Nichols School 

1st place division one | Hayden Printz

Second place: Estella Jerge, Nichols School

2nd place division one | Estella Jerge

Third place: Elena Flowers, Heim Middle School

3rd place division one | Elena Flowers

Honorable mention: Charlie Orosz, Mill Middle School 

Honorable Mention Division one | Charlies Orosz

General, Grades 6-8

First place: Mila Mazur, grade 7, Mill Middle School

1st place division two| Mila Mazur

Second place: Clara Bartholomew, grade 6, Transit Middle School

2nd place division two | Clara Batholomew

Third place: Josh Morgante, grade 8, St. Gregory the Great School

3rd place division two | Josh Morgante

Honorable mention: Eireann Kennedy, grade 6, City Honors School 

Honorable Mention Division two | Eireann Kennedy

General, Grades 9-12

First place: Breanna Culligan, grade 9, Starpoint High School

1st place division three| Breanna Culligan

Second place: Samantha Laska, grade 10, Lancaster High School

2nd place division three | Samantha Laska

Third place: Marcos Hottois, grade 12, Lancaster High School 

3rd place | Marcos Hottois

Honorable mention: Julia Cianfrini, grade 10, Lancaster High School 

Honorable Mention Division three | Julia Cianfrini

Local Cartoon

First place: Meeghan Peterson, grade 7, Mill Middle School

1st Best Local Cartoon 2020 | Meeghan Peterson

Second place: Kenneth Trometer, grade 12, Lancaster High School 

2nd place best local cartoon | Kenneth Trometer

Third place: Eireann Kennedy, grade 6, City Honors School 

3rd place best local cartoon | Eireann Kennedy

Honorable mention: Tajania Gadson, grade 10, Lancaster High School 

Honorable Mention Best Local Cartoon | Tajania Gadson

TR Site Informed Citizen Award

First place: Eireann Kennedy, grade 6, City Honors School 

1st TR 2020 | Eireann Kennedy

Second place: Braydon Fox, grade 10, Lancaster High School 

 2nd place TR Site Informed | Braydon Fox

Third place: Josh Morgante, grade 8, St. Gregory the Great School 

3rd place TR site informed | Josh Morgante

Honorable mention: Sammy Rioux, grade 6, Heim Middle School

Honorable Mention TR | Sammy Rioux



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