Washington Post Starts Toon Competition

In an effort to seek out the next generation of editorial cartoonists, The Washington Post has launched a digital animation competition on its web site, www.washingtonpost.com. Digital artists and humorists are encouraged to submit short-form (3 minutes or less) animated commentary focused on current political or topical issues.

“The Washington Post print edition has a rich tradition of editorial cartooning that has influenced opinion and covered both the drama and comedy of news and politics,” remarks Hal Straus, Opinions editor for washingtonpost.com. “We thought it would be interesting for washingtonpost.com to see who out there is interested in picking up the mantle for the digital age.”

Entries, which must be designed, edited or distributed in digital form, will be judged on humor, originality, use of the medium and topical relevance. Judges include representatives from the editorial divisions of washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post, as well as RES Media Group, the publishers of RES digital media magazine and coordinators of the multi-city RES Digital Film Festival.

The prize for winning the competition is exposure in the Opinions section of washingtonpost.com. The deadline for entries is Dec. 31, 2005, and the winner will be announced in January of 2006. Entry details can be found at

http://www.washingtonpost.com/editorialshorts.