Friday, March 31, 2017

$65,000.00 first place prize -- 15-page brief: PhilShaweScholarship

Outstanding opportunity for a significant scholarship ($65,000; $25,000 and $10,000 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place briefs).  Briefs of up to 15 pages will address the constitutional implications of a state court's powers to adopted a forced sale remedy, when shareholders of a highly profitable, privately-held corporation are deadlocked.  Competition briefs will be judged first by a group of experienced counsel from Lateral Link Group, Inc.

Sign up to compete here:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

April 27, 2017 deadline for contests in the Arkansas Writers' Conference (and related contests)

Contests 1-3 (open to state of Arkansas residents) (but look out below for many others)

Contests OPEN TO ALL. Cash Awards for contests 4-13 vary.

4. David Goodgame Memorial Award ($100/$60/$40). Free verse poem. 40 line limit. Chair: Rita Goodgame
5. Fiction Who-Dunnit Award. ($50/$30/$20). Short Mystery Story. The Case of the Lost Family Heirloom. 1500 words. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
6. AR Pioneer Branch NLAPW Prose Award. ($50/$30/$20) Humorous short story about humorous marriage proposal. 1000 words Chair: Brenda Iannacone
7. WOW! Press Award. ($50/$30/$20) Personal memoir story. Subject: Life changes- A personal reflection. “My How Things Have Changed.” 1000 wd. max. Chair: Janis F. Kearney
8. AR Pioneer Branch NLAPW Poetry Award. ($50/$30/$20) Free Verse. Any subject. 24 line limit. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
9. LaViness Award for Living Mystery, ($25/$15/$10) Mystery Short Story, Not a murder mystery, No deaths allowed., 3000 words max. Chair: Renee LaViness
10. Scott Plantation Settlement Award. ($25/$15/$10) Memoir. Feature a Country Church. 2500 word limit. Chair: Sara Gipson
11. LIGHTS OUT! ($25/$15/$10) Fantasy Short Story. Humorous fantasy whose protagonist is afraid of the dark. 2500 word limit. Brief critique given if requested on top of page one of submission. Chair: Carol Hodges
12. Penpoint Writers Group Contest. ($25/$15/$10) Fiction Any Genre, Subject: “Summertime”, 3 page limit. NO poems or porn. Must include “summertime” somewhere in body of the written prose. Chair: Pinpoint Writers Group
13. South Arkansas Poets of the Pines Poetry Contest. ($25/$15/$10) Form: RONDELET, 7 lines, Syllables: 4-8-4-8-8-8-4; Rhyme: a-b+R-a-b-b-R, R=refrain. Chair: South Arkansas Poets of the Pines

Contests 14-18 (open to state of Arkansas residents)


19. Henry & Betty Heidelberger Memorial Poetry Award. ($25/$15/$10) Subject: Farming, Any form, 32 lines. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
20. Dorothy Truex Memorial Prose Award. ($25/$15/$10) Romance Short Story that involves dance. 1500 words. Chair: Ellen Withers

More information:  here

Monday, February 27, 2017

July 1, 2017 -- deadline for 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize competition (open to judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars) $5,000 prize and publication

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States
Submission deadline: Postmarked no later than July 1
Winner Announced:
 August 31
Presentation: October 21, 2017 during our Celebration of Excellence, which is held annually at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.
More information:  here

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, April 28 deadline - Legal Ethics -- $2,500 first place

Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Competition -- entries must be submitted by April 28, 2017.  Any topic in legal ethics, up to 50 pages.  Law students may co-author.  One prize, $2,500.

More information:  here

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 28 deadline - Criminal Law --

The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country.

♦ $1500 cash prize
♦ The Grand Prize –winning paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
♦ One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

♦ $500 cash prize (three honorable mentions)
♦ Each of the papers awarded Honorable Mention status will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California
♦ One-year student membership in the Criminal Law Section

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this Competition.

Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words (including citations) and should follow the citation style of The Blue Book:  A Uniform System of Citation.  Papers that have previously been published in a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper are not eligible.

Submit in Word format and send by e-mail attachment to each of the following Criminal Law Journal co-editors:

Anne Perry (;
Lani Biafore (
More information is here:  link