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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 are a good way to hone 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. 

International Law and Technology Writing Competition 2020

Title: Justis International Law & Technology Writing Competition
Deadline: December 1, 2019
Topic: Social Media, Data and Privacy; Technology & the Future of Legal Practice; Access to Justice and Technology
Sponsor: Justis
Prize: Publication in the Legal Cheek Journal and a Grand Prize of $2,500. Three prizes of $300 will be awarded to the best article in each category, alongside publication on the Justis Blog.
Competition URL: https://promos.vlex.com/wc2020/

 

Phil Cowan Memorial Writing Competition

Title: The Annual Phil Cowan Memorial Writing Competition
Deadline: December 15, 2019
Topic: Any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, arts, or sports law
Sponsor: New York State Bar Association
Prize: 1st Place: $2,500 Scholarship
Contact and Submission info:  skmaldonado@nysba.org 
Competition URL: http://www.nysba.org/EASLWritingComp/

 

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition

Title: 

Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition

Deadline:  December 20, 2019
Topic:  Law & Technology
Sponsor:  William & Mary Center for Legal Technology & Learning
Description: CLCT is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies.
Prize 1st Place: $2,500; 2nd Place: $1,500; 3rd Place: $1,000
Contact and Submission info:  essaycompetition@lists.wm.edu
Competition URL:  https://law.wm.edu/academics/intellectuallife/researchcenters/clct/2019-writing-competition/2019-essay-contest/2019-writing-competition-rules.pdf

 

Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Title: Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Deadline: January 2, 2020
Topic: The ELI Writing Competition challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.
Sponsor: The Recording Academy
Description:

The Entertainment Law Initiative event is the nation's preeminent gathering for the entertainment industry’s legal and executive community during GRAMMY Week. It provides a forum for the industry to honor its own practitioners, hear from legal thought leaders, and support promising law students interested in entertainment law. This event also features recognition of a top music industry legal figure.

The Entertainment Law Initiative fosters future careers in entertainment law by seeking out the nation’s top law students and giving them invaluable networking and educational opportunities. Now in its 22nd year, the program has grown to include a national legal writing competition

Prize:

1st Place:

  • $10,000 scholarship
  • Two tickets to and recognition onstage at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative event & Scholarship Presentation on Jan. 24, 2020
  • Two tickets to the MusiCares® Person of the Year gala Jan. 24, 2020
  • Two tickets to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Jan. 26, 2020
  • Round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations for two to attend these events

2nd and 3rd Place:

  • $2,500 scholarship
Contact and Submission Info: eli@recordingacademy.com
Competition URL: https://www.grammy.com/entertainment-law-initiative

 

FBA Tax Law Student Writing Competition

Title: Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
Deadline: January 7, 2020
Topic: Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation.
Sponsor: Federal Bar Association
Description: The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation sponsors an annual writing competition and invites law students to participate. The Section on Taxation has named this annual competition—the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition—in honor of former IRS Commissioner Don Alexander, who passed away in 2009. Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander was both a widely admired role model and an advocate for writing skills and style in tax law.
Prize:

1st Place: $2,000 2nd Place: $1,000 

and

A trip to the Annual FBA Tax Law Conference in Washington, DC, March 5 – 6, 2020 (airfare and lodging only, value not to exceed $700), where each winner will be presented with a commemorative plaque and a complimentary, one-year membership in the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation.

Contact and Submission info: FBATaxWritingCompetition@gmail.com
Competition URL: https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/10/fba-tax-law-student-writing-competition.html

 

Hektoen International Writing Contest

Title: Hektoen International Writing Competition
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Topic:

Blood

We will consider essays on pioneers in hematology (such as Herrick, Minot, Murphy, Whipple, or Landsteiner), the history of venesection, barber surgeons, the use of leeches, and vampires; as well as historical aspects of blood transfusion, artificial blood, blood groups, blood preservation and blood banks, blood in surgery, blood diseases (such as pernicious anemia, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, leukemias, and hemophilia), and the history and work of the Red Cross. 

Sponsor: Hektoen International: A Journal of Medicine 
Description: The contest honors the achievements of the Red Cross, locally, nationally, and globally.
Prize: 1st Place: $3,000 2nd Place: $800
Contact and Submission info: contest@hektoeninternational.org
Competition URL: https://hekint.org/special-issue-submission-instructions/

 

Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

Title: Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest:
Deadline: January 17, 2020
Topic: During the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. Based on the Court's decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?
Sponsor: The Center for Alcohol Policy
Description: The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring a writing contest for all interested participants who are over the age of 18 as of December 2019.
Prize: 1st Place: $5,000; 2nd Place: $2,500; 3rd Place: $1,000
Contact and Submission info: info@centerforalcoholpolicy.org
Competition URL: https://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/

 

Trandafir Writing Competiton

Title: Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus
Sponsor: Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems: A Journal at the University of Iowa College of Law
Description: Recent winning submissions have included such topics as recommendations the United States should follow to update its privacy laws to harmonize with international general data protection regulation commitments, why international labor organizations should adopt fair trade as an enforcement mechanism to end labor violations, and why the United States Treasury should wait for Congress to end corporate tax sheltering tactics.
Prize: Publication and case prize of $2,500
Contact and Submission info: Law-trandafir@iowa.uiowa.edu
Competition URL: https://tlcp.law.uiowa.edu/trandafir-writing-competition

 

Hofstra Law and AFCC Family Law Writing Competition

Title: Family Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Entry forms must be received by February 1, 2020. Article Submissions must be received no later than February 15, 2020
Topic: The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics.
Sponsor: The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Description: Hofstra Law and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) are sponsoring the eleventh annual Family Law Writing Competition. The competition is run in cooperation with the editorial staff of the Family Court Review, which is the academic and research journal of AFCC. The Family Court Review is an interdisciplinary and international journal published quarterly by Wiley and in cooperation with the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at Hofstra Law. The Family Court Review contributes to and facilitates discourse among the judicial, legal, mediation, mental health and social services communities. 
Prize:

1st Place:

  • $500 cash prize
  • Consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review
  • Letter to the dean of the student's law school
  • One year complimentary AFCC student membership, including a one year subscription to the Family Court Review

OR:

  • Complimentary conference registration to AFCC's 57th Annual Conference, held May 27-30, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Does not include hotel, transportation, and food)

Honorable Mention (Up to Two): 

  • $250 cash prize
  • Consideration for publication of the article in the Family Law Review
  • Letter to the dean of the student's law school 
Contact and Submission info: fcr@hofstra.edu
Competition URL: https://law.hofstra.edu/currentstudents/studentactivities/journals/familycourtreview/hflwritingcompetition/index.html

 

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

Title: Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
Deadline: February 2, 2020
Topic: Submissions should be focused on American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed.
Sponsor: The American Constitution Society
Description: Appropriate subjects include empirical or comparative analyses of the effectiveness of specific regulatory regimes or deregulation; doctrinal investigations of the development of administrative law rules or principles by courts and administrative agencies and the effects of that development; and normative analyses of how particular regulatory or administrative regimes or deregulation advance or fail to advance values of fairness, participation and transparancy. 
Prize: The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the 2020 ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.
Contact and Submission info: cudahy@acslaw.org
Competition URL: https://www.acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/the-richard-d-cudahy-writing-competition-on-regulatory-and-administrative-law/

 

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

Title: Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Deadline: February 9, 2020
Topic: Furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy.
Sponsor: American Constitution Society and the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Description: Examples of possible topics include: census report, civil legal aid, civil liberties, constitutional convention, consumer rights, criminal justice, disability rights, freedom of speech, immigration, indigent defense, money in politics (including judicial elections), labor law, LGBTQ+ rights, privacy, protection of health, safety, and the environment, racial equality, religion, role of state attorneys general, second amendment and guns, separation of powers and federalism, women’s reproductive rights and reproductive freedom, voting and political process, and whistleblower protection
Prize:

The winning paper author will be awarded $3,000 and each of the runners-up will receive $1,000. The winning authors of the top 3 papers will be featured during the 2020 ACS National Convention and on ACS’s website and social media platforms. The top paper also receives an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. 

Contact and Submission info: writing_competition@acslaw.org
Competition URL: https://www.acslaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2020-CBM-Competition-Theme-Submission-Requirements.pdf

 

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Writing Competition

Title: 2019-2020 Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Writing Competition for Young Lawyers
Deadline: February 15, 2020
Topic: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Law
Sponsor: American Bar Association 
Description:

Calling all law students and new attorney authors! You are invited to submit your original article, comment or note on data privacy and cybersecurity law to The American Bar Association ("ABA”) Antitrust Law Section’s 2019-2020 Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Writing Competition for Young Lawyers (the “Contest”). The Contest is seeking original, un-published submissions from law students or lawyers in their first 5 years of legal practice on the topic of data privacy and cybersecurity law.

Prize: The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000, and an invitation to attend the ABA Antitrust Law Section Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, DC in April 2020, including transportation and accommodation (not to exceed $1600 USD for a recipient residing outside the Washington DC area). The winning work, along with a biography of the winning student or young lawyer, will be published by the ABA.
Contact and Submission info: tiffany.goldston@americanbar.org
Competition URL: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law/awards_fellowships/2020-cybersecurity-award/

 

2020 Insurance Law Writing Competition

Title: 2020 Insurance Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Students who plan to participate should notify the American College of Coverage Counsel of their intention to do so by January 10, 2020. Final Submissions are due March 13, 2020
Sponsor: The American College of Coverage Counsel
Description: This year's writing competition asks students to advise either the policyholder or insurer with respect to practical and legal questions arising out of law suits and coverage disputes that might have arisen in the aftermath of the murder-suicide that marks the conclusion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Students will be judged on the creativity of their proposed solutions and the quality of their writing and analysis.
Prize:

Invitation to attend an all travel expenses paid trip to the College's Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 6-8, 2020.

1st Place Cash Prize: $2,000, 2nd Place Cash Prize: $1,500, 3rd Place Cash Prize: $1,000

Contact and Submission Info: carol@americancollegecoverage.org
Competition URL: https://coverage.memberclicks.net/assets/LawStudentPracticum/ACCC_2020LawStudentPracticalSkillsCompetition_FactPattern_Final_20191021.pdf

 

AUWCL National Writing Competition

Title: AUWCL National Health Law Writing Competition
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Topic: Health law and/or food and drug law
Sponsor: American University Washington College of Law
Description: Current (academic school year 2019-2020) 2L, 3L, and 4L (evening/part-time) JD and LLM students enrolled in a U.S. law school at the time of paper submission are eligible to participate. [Please note that for those law students who are graduating in December 2019, your paper will only be eligible if you submit it in the portal prior to your December graduation date.]
Prize: Parver Prize: $1,500 Jacob Prize: $1,000
Contact and Submission info: scielzo@wcl.american.edu
Competition URL: https://www.wcl.american.edu/impact/initiatives-programs/health/competition/

 

Technology Review Writing Competition

Title Technology Review Writing Competiton
Deadline May 31, 2020
Topic Entrants are invited to submit papers exploring the ways in which emerging technologies and services interact with or challenge existing civil rights and consumer protection laws. 
Sponsor Georgetown Law
Prize 1st Place: $4,000; 2nd Place: $2,000; 3rd Place: $1,000
Contact and Submission Info TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu
Competition URL https://www.georgetowntech.org/writingcompetition

 

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition

Title: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2020
Topic: Labor and Employment Law
Sponsor: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Association
Description: The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. 
Prize:

1st Place: $3,000 and possible publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

Contact and Submission info: swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org
Competition URL: https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/images/pdfs/AME_COL_WRITING_COMPETITION_ANNOUNCMENT_AND_RULES_2020.pdf

 

ACTEC Writing Competition

Title: Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Topic: The paper must relate to the area of trusts and estates, broadly defined
Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Description:

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) announces the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2020 Student Writing Competition. This competition was created by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, which consists of law school professors who teach in the area of trusts and estates and practitioners who teach as adjuncts in the trusts and estates field. The competition honors the late Mary Moers Wenig, a member of ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, who was a law school professor for over 30 years.

Prize:

1st Place: A full tuition scholarship to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law for the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 academic year (candidates must apply and be admitted as full-time students to be considered for the scholarship), $5,000 and publication in the ACTEC Law Journal

2nd Place: $3,000, online publication on the ACTEC Foundation's website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal. 

3rd Place: $1,000, online publication on the ACTEC Foundation's website, and possible publication in the ACTEC Law Journal.

Contact and Submission info: amy.michaud@actec.org
Competition URL: https://actecfoundation.org/resources-for-law-students/law-student-writing-competition/