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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. 

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019*

*request your entry number by April 12, 2019


First place: $1,500

Second place: $750

Third place: $350

The subject may be any aspect of family law.  The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law.  Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony, attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues.

Essays should be limited to approximately 5,000 words.

For more information regarding this competition, visit:

Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

Submission Deadine:  May 1, 2019


First place: $750.00

Second place: $500.00

Third place: $250.00

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.  John B. Doolin was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1972, and he served as Chief Justice from 1987-1988.   He recognized the need for a forum to address Native American issues as a result of his service on the Indian Affairs Committee at the National Chief Justices’ Conference.

Topic:  The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.

For more information on submission requirements, please see attached document.

Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship Contest

Submission Deadline:  May 1, 2019

Prize:  A full scholarship to The Sovereignty Symposium that will pay tuition, meals and travel to attend the Sovereignty Symposium  (June 5-6, 2019).

Susan J. Ferrell served as Attorney Advisor in the Oklahoma City office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for nine years.  Much of her work concerned HUD’s Native American programs; she was actively interested in Native American history and culture.  One full (tuition, meals, and travel) scholarship to attend the Sovereignty Symposium XXXII will be offered in her memory.  Travel, lodging and meal expenses for the Ferrell scholarship winner will be paid pursuant to the Oklahoma State Travel Reimbursement Act,

For more information on requirements and submissions, please see the information below.

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.

For more information, visit:

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

Visit for more information on requirements and submissions.