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Picking up the tab to enter cartoon contests
Editorial cartoonist Steve Greenberg writes about the loss of a newspaper to cover the cost of entering cartooning contests and the forced decision making that comes with it.
So I am forced to tally up costs and estimate odds, and forced to pick and choose. Is it worth it for me to cough up $75 for the National Headliners Contest when I have very little chance of winning? The Pulitzers are cheaper, even if my odds are no better. The OPC/Nast contest (at $175) is clearly beyond my budget, even though the odds are theoretically better because so few cartoonists would be in a position to enter it. The Best of the West contest is cheap to enter, but even pulling from just half the country still has a large field of entrants, while the L.A. Press Club awards (covering all of Southern California) has a far smaller field but a far larger entry fee (something like $80 or $85). And do I spring for a nice professional-grade binder, which I’ll never see again, to present the work more attractively? Or do the judges become turned off by that and simply want to see the cartoons even if they’re in a cheap file folder?