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.
ASECA Securities Law Writing Competition
Topic: Any subject in the field of securities law.
Award: First place: $5,000; Second place: $3,000; Third place: $2,000
Deadline: November 10, 2016
University of Missouri & Marquette Law School Writing Competition
Topic: Relate to one or more problems with negotiation theory, broadly defined, and should suggest a solution to the problem(s).
Award: $500 first prize and $250 second prize.
Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Central Time, Monday, October 17, 2016
The 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Topic: Identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.
Award: The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship and the four runners-up each receive $1,500 scholarships.
Deadline: 10:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (1:00 p.m., Eastern Time), Wednesday, January 4, 2017
White River Environmental Law Writing Competition
Topic: Applicants are invited to submit original essays addressing any relevant topic in the fields of environmental law, natural resource law, energy law, environmental justice, land use law, animal law, and agricultural law.
Award: The winning essay will receive a $1000 cash prize and an offer of publication with the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.
Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, Friday, December 9, 2016
The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Topic: 1,000-2,000 words on how you feel your specialized knowledge and training could be applied to improving the practice of law, submitted electronically as a document attached to the form below.
Award: One scholarship totaling $1,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: Applications accepted throughout 2016.
The Florida State University Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Topic: 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 US.
Deadline: January 2, 2017
Legal ethics & Professionalism
CMBA Ethics & Professionalism Essay Competition
Topic: What are the ethical considerations for law firms publishing law-related material on their websites and in their social media (e.g., blogs) written by attorneys who are not members of the firm (i.e., "ghost writing")? You may presume that the firm has the author's permission to publish the material.
Award: First place: $1,500 and may be published in CMBA's Bar Journal; Second place: $1,000
Deadline: February 9, 2017
The Expert Institute's 3rd Annual Legal Writing Scholarship
Topic: J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses.
Award: First place: cash prize $2000, blog publication, newsletter circulation, email announcement. Second place: blog publication. Third place: blog publication.
Deadline: December 31, 2016 by midnight