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Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions for law students and legal scholars.

Writing competitions are a wonderful way to showcase your work and good tests for your writing skills. They also are a great way to make money. 

Students who enter writing competitions can submit their papers to the WCL Institutional Repository. 

Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2019

Prize:  Winning entries are published in one of Tax Analysts' weekly magazines and will be eligible to receive a 12-month subscription to Tax Analysts' daily and weekly products.  Winners' names and schools will be prominently featured on the Tax Notes website.

The Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing recognzies superior student writing on unsettled questions in tax law or policy.  It is named in honor of the late Christopher E. Bergin, former president and publisher of Tax Analysts and longtime editor of Tax Notes.  The award, given annually, epitomizes the qualities that Chris championed.

Topic: Submissions should focus on an unsettled question in federal, state, or international tax law or policy.

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Tannenwald Writing Competition

Submission Deadline: July 8, 2019


First: $5,000

Second: $2,500

Third: $1,500

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his decision to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to full or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

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