Writing Competitions




Publication in bi-monthly magazine
10/20/14; 12/20/14; 2/20/15


On behalf of the Friends of the RJS Law Library, pleasure is taken in extending invitation to your students to submit Notes on legal issues of general interest, for publication in Friendly Passages. There is desire to provide both a platform and forum for worthy student works that conform with high scholarly standards of quality. It is intended that one or two such Notes will be published in each issue of the magazine, which is distributed on a bi-monthly basis to over 85,000 lawyers throughout the state. If you believe such opportunity might be of interest to your students, kind cooperation in circulating this offer as appropriate to such groups as might wish to receive it will be appreciated.

The editor is Ms. Nora Everlove. Submissions may be made to her at nora@everlove.net. A length of 1500 words, more or less, may be taken for a rough guideline, though discretion may be liberally exercised according to the requirements of the subject under discussion. Citation is of course to be consistent with Bluebook standards. Submission should be made in Word. The deadline for submission is generally the 20th of every other month, beginning with October 20, then December 20, February 20 and so on. Here, too, flexibility may be exercised depending upon circumstances. The editor reserves sole right to determine whether or when any submission may in fact be accepted for publication. All submissions must be original works.

$2,500 cash prize and attendance to Energy Law's 66th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference and IEL's Annual Law School Symposium


The IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition:

The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law announces its 2015 Hartrick Scholar writing competition. All eligible students are invited to participate.

Eligible Students and Topics:

Students enrolled in law school as of December 2014, and seeking a juris doctor degree, are eligible to submit an article for consideration in the IEL Hartrick Scholar competition. The general subject for this year’s competition is any topic related to energy development. This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.

The article can be any work prepared by the student while enrolled in law school and can include prior works prepared for a law journal or a law school course, so long as the submitted version complies with the submission guidelines. The Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee will select one or more outstanding submissions that they deem worthy of recognition.

Submission Guidelines:

The article must be submitted electronically to the Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee, at the address listed below, on or before December 19, 2014. The article should not exceed 8,000 words including footnotes (this approximates 40 double-spaced pages of text and footnotes or 25 printed pages). Footnotes should be in Blue Book format and placed at the bottom of the page where the footnoted text appears. The article should be submitted in pdf format accompanied by a cover email message that contains the following information: (1) your name; (2) the title of your article; (3) the law school where you are currently enrolled; (4) your year at law school (in 2014-15); (5) your mailing address; (6) your telephone number, preferably cell phone; and (7) your email address. The article should NOT contain your name, law school, or any other identifying information.

Selection of the 2015 Hartrick Scholar(s):

The Hartrick Scholar selected by the Judging Committee will be notified on February 4, 2015. The Scholar will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute for Energy Law’s 66th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference to be held February 19-20, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Hartrick Scholar will also be recognized for his or her work at the IEL’s Annual Law School Symposium, to be held at South Texas College of Law in Houston on March 27-28, 2015. Selection as the Hartrick Scholar includes, in addition to the $2,500 cash award, reimbursement of the cost of travel to attend the Conference in Houston and the Law School Symposium.

Submit Articles To:

Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee
ATTN: J. Alan B. Dunlop, Director
Institute for Energy Law
Using this email address:

For Questions Contact:

Lilly Hogarth, Project Manager
Institute for Energy Law

For additional information, please visit the following site:


$1500 cash prize for 1st place ; $1000 case prize for two 2nd place


Thomas Jefferson School of law is pleased to announce the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, the Crane Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to: cranewritingcompetition@tjsl.edu. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

For further details, please consult the competition webpage:

http://www.tjsl.edu/cranewritingcompetition. Questions may be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp, who will be coordinating the competition: susanb@tjsl.edu.

Best Book: $2500 ; Best Publishable article, book chaper: $2000; Best Student note or comment: $1,000


The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for

(a) the best book
(b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review
(c) the best student note or comment

on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.

Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2013, and December 1, 2014. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2014. Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format. The winners will be honored at the annual meeting of the College held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, to be held in San Francisco in April 2015.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. Its members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.

Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:

L. Jean Noonan, Esquire, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair Hudson Cook, LLP 1020 19th St., NW, 7th Floor Washington, DC 20036 jnoonan@hudco.com

For additional information, please visit the following site:

Outstanding paper, law student, $250; Outstanding paper, medical student $250



2015 Contest Question

There is a growing consensus that the U.S. Health care system is frequently characterized by the excessive and unnecessary provision of medical services. One of the impediments to rationalizing medical practice to reduce tests, procedures, and treatments that are not clinically indicated and appropriate for particular patients is the perception by practicing health care professionals that the prevalent and often overused tests, procedures, and treatments are compelled by the current American legal system, and that health care professionals’ efforts to reduce the current waste and inefficiency will result in their expanded exposure to malpractice litigation and liability. Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provision of medical services in the U.S.

Applicant and Paper Criteria

  1. All authors must be enrolled, at the time of paper submission, in an accredited law school or medical school (M.D. or D.O.) or participating in an accredited medical residency program in the United States.
  2. No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for course credit are allowed as long as they have not been published. An applicant may submit a paper for publication consideration after the winner of this writing competition has been announced.
  3. Each submitted paper must be the original work of a single author.


  1. The length of the paper must be between 1,200 and 5,000 words. The word count applies to the total paper, including title page, body, footnotes, figures, and tables (if any).
  2. No abstract is required.
  3. All references should be in the form of footnotes, using either Blue Book or APA style.
  4. All papers are to be submitted in Word document format, using 12 point Times New Roman font for all text, including footnotes. The body of papers must be double-spaced and footnotes should be single-spaced. All text must have one inch margins. All pages must be numbered.
  5. The first page must be the cover page, which must include: the author’s name, full contact information, and school or residency program, as well as the final word count obtained from Word and a disclosure of any conflict of interest affecting the author concerning the subject matter of the paper.
  6. At the top of the first page of text, only the title of the paper should appear.
  7. If the author wishes to acknowledge an individual or institution, this may be done only on the cover page.


  1. All papers will be judged by a committee of national experts on medical-legal collaboration, appointed by the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, in a blinded review process. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. Prizes will not be awarded if the competition judges determine that no entry in a particular year meets the appropriate standards.
  3. Papers will be judged according to the following criteria:
    • Responsiveness to the competition question
    • Originality and thoughtfulness
    • Quality of analysis
    • Quality of writing

Deadline and Submission

  1. All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2015.
  2. Papers must be submitted electronically to marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu.
  3. Direct questions to:
    Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition, Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, 1115 W. Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300

    Phone: 850-645-9473

    Web: Link

    Email: marshall.kapp@med.fsu.edu

  4. Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2015.
1st place: $500, blog publication ; 2nd place: $200, blog publication; 3rd place: blog publication


You love the law, but your friends think it’s boring. Show them that legal topics can be interesting, and even entertaining, while still providing substantive legal insights by entering The Expert Institute’s Legal Blog Writing Contest. To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through our online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2014. If your article wins, you will receive a $500 cash prize, and your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

Official Guidelines

To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful.

Eligibility and Topic

J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses


  • Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
  • Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
  • Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
  • 1,500 – 2,500 words, written in a blog post format

Submission must include

  • Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
  • Author photo (recommended) in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB. Image size
  • must be at least 150 x 200 pixels.
  • School name and mailing address.
  • A .doc or .docx file of your article
  • A valid .edu email


The Expert Institute editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial lawyers will judge the contest. Factors that will be considered during judgment include:

  • Clarity, style, and poise of writing
  • Originality of topic
  • Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis
  • Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences


This Year’s Topic:


Official Rules:

  • You must describe, in at least 1000 words, the innovative and highly impactful way in which you could aid in re-engineering the way the legal system operates and/or making it more accessible to the public.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must currently attend an accredited United States law school, or be enrolling in an accredited United States law school for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Should you win, you must allow us to publish your name and essay in all media formats.
  • You must indicate your agreement to the terms and conditions by signing the Consent and Release attached to the application.

Application Deadline:

Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:00 am EST on July 1st, 2014 until 11:59 pm EST on October 5th, 2014. The Contest winner will be officially announced on November 28th, 2014 and will be notified by e-mail, telephone, or by regular U. S. postal mail, within approximately three (3) business days of the selection. If a potential winner cannot be contacted after reasonable effort within two (2) days after the first attempt to contact him/her, this will result in forfeiture of the prize and an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place at random from among all eligible entries received during the registration time frame. Potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements listed.

1st place: $1,500 , 2nd place: $700



The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology.

The Student Law and Technology Writing Competition includes three separate awards offered to law students who have submitted exemplary papers. The first place article will receive $1,500 and the second place article will receive $700. In addition, one law student from The University of Richmond School of Law will receive the Rick Klau Prize of $300.

In order for an article to be properly considered, it must be submitted according to the guidelines provided below.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must be written independently
  • Only students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program as of January 1, 2015 may participate.
  • The topic of the paper MUST deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.
  • Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are not acceptable for submission to the contest.
  • Papers submitted must not exceed 30 pages in length and should be formatted as follows: using size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins on all sides. Submissions may not be in .pdf format.
  • Citations for the paper must be in compliance with the rules set out in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th ed. ​
  • An entry form must be included with each submission, a copy of the entry form is available on the Journal’s website at http://law.richmond.edu/jolt.

To Submit

All entries for the 2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition must be submitted via e-mail by Friday, October 3, 2014 at midnight EST. The e-mail submissions must be sent to jolt@richmond.edu and must include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line. Please direct all questions to the same e-mail address.


The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made. ELI and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., one of the premier environmental law firms in the nation.


The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.


Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. (See sample topics below.)


Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2015. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.


Entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM ET on Monday, April 6, 2015. Please email entries (and any questions) to Talia Fox at fox@eli.org. You will receive a confirmation by email.


Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:

  • Title
  • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the entry, other than on this cover page)
  • Law school name and address
  • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change)
  • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece
  • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration)
  • Statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition

Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). Citation style must conform to the Bluebook. Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.


The prize will be awarded to the student work that, in the judgment of our reviewers, best advances the state of scholarship and informs the debate on a current topic of constitutional environmental law. ELI reserves the right to determine that no submission will receive the prize. While only one cash prize is available, ELI may decide to extend multiple offers of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter.

For more about ELI, including the results of past writing competitions, please visit www.eli.org and http://www.eli.org/program_areas/writing_competition_index.cfm.

For additional information, please visit the following site: http://www.eli.org/environmental-governance/beveridge-diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition