Cartoonist guidelines

Kappan cartoons are well-known in the field of education and considered a hallmark of the publication. Kappan editors review hundreds of cartoons every year but publish only a few per issue.

Keep in mind: We receive a lot of submissions that play off of the same small handful of subjects (e.g., bad report cards, detention, missing homework, over-testing, and technological change). Please feel free to explore the many other kinds of human drama and wackiness that go on in K-12 education. The possibilities are endless. We’d be excited to see cartoons about hot lunch, band rehearsals, school board elections, sex education, prom scandals, fire drills, nap time, field trips, foreign exchange students, custodians in love, lice checks, middle school graduation, social cliques, banned books, Montessori programs, school uniforms, Model UN, drivers ed, science fair, teachers on vacation, the pressures of kindergarten, and on and on. Surprise us.

Cartoons are typically reviewed within six weeks after the close of the stipulated submission periods of April 1-30 and November 1-30.

To submit original cartoons, please create a single pdf file, up to 10 pages in length, with one cartoon per page. Name the pdf file using this format:


Attach the pdf file to your e-mail and send to:

Use the subject line: CARTOON SUBMISSION

We will review the cartoons and contact you by return e-mail to let you know whether we’re going to purchase any. If we decide to purchase cartoons, we’ll ask you to send a high-resolution jpg or tiff file.