A list of current writing competitions is below.
Topics of past competitions are available here. Because the list of past writing competitions includes many annual competitions, the list is a helpful reference for types of competitions that may occur in the future.
2015 Legal Writing Contest
Topic: Submissions relating to defense counsel.
Award: First prize $2,000 and plaque, second prize $1,000 and plaque, third prize $500 and plaque, and honorable mention a plaque. Prize-winning articles and honorable mentions will be considered for publication in the Defense Counsel Journal, the IADC's quarterly academic publication that reaches a broad legal audience from around the world.
Deadline: May 15, 2015
Employee Benefit Law
Eleventh Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize
Topic: Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.
Award: ACEBC Award $1,500, Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500
Deadline: June 2, 2015
Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: Analysis of cutting-edge constitutional environmental law topics.
Award: The winning student submission receives the Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Prize, $2000 and an offer of publication in ELI's flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR).
Deadline: April 6, 2015
2015 Energy Law Student Writing Competition
Topic: Entries for the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Student Writing Competition: Energy Law should conform to the energy law theme of the competition. Submissions may advocate a position, educate the reader, or analyze one or more cases. The decision of whether a particular essay qualifies as to subject matter is entirely within the discretion of the Section.
Award: The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, the second place winner will receive $750, and the third place winner will receive $500.
Deadline: May 18, 2015 by 11:59 pm CST.
Federal & State Law
2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition
Topic: The Impact of ‘Corporate Personhood’ on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections?
Award: $5,000 and complimentary 2015 Public Citizen membership.
Deadline: April 30, 2015 by 11:59 pm.
2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition
Topic: Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic.
Award: Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
Deadline: July 1, 2015 by 9 pm EDT.
Dish 2015 "Best in Class" eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Topic: Designed to challenge law students to explore the evolving issues of document management, electronically stored information, and ever-expanding technology — along with their application to the law.
Award: The grand prize is $3,500 for the winning student.
Deadline: April 13, 2015
International Trade Law
The Seventeenth Annual Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
Topic: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.
Award: $1000 first prize, $500 second prize. Awards will be presented at the CITBA's semi-annual dinner in the fall.
Deadline: May 22, 2015