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Writing Competitions

Earn money, possible publication, and glory for your writing. 

Writing contests and the months in which their deadlines fall are as follows.  Contact Dr. Tarenko for further information about the contests.

If you win a contest, please contact Dr. Tarenko so you can be recognized appropriately by the law school and your fellow students.

September 2021 Deadlines

2021 Chief Justice John B. Doolin writing competition, on Native American legal issues after McGirt, with prizes of $1000, $750, and $500, plus publication in a symposium book, with an email deadline of Sept. 1, 2021—for last year's competition instructions, see http://www.thesovereigntysymposium.com/writing-comp.aspx;

2021 Hager Prize, on any legal issue concerning Native American juveniles, with prize of $1000, plus publication in a symposium book, with an email deadline of Sept. 1, 2021, to kyle.shifflet@oscn.net

November 2021 Deadline

ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law writing contest, on the military's application of criminal law, aka military justice, with a prize of up to $750 travel expense reimbursement to attend the 2022 ABA Midyear Meeting (Seattle) and online publication, with an email deadline of Nov. 12, 2021, and official instructions at https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/armed_forces_law/ls-scafl-law-student-writing-contest-2021.pdf.

January 2022 Deadline

Center for Alcohol Policy 2021 National Writing Competition (open to everyone over 18, not just law students), on whether ubiquitous availability of alcohol is positive and whether new regulatory regimes are needed, with cash prizes of $5000, $2500, and $1000, with an email deadline of Fri., Jan. 28, 2022 (5:30 p.m. EST), and official instructions on the Center for Alcohol Policy » National Writing Competition website: https://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/about/essay-contest/?utm_source=Law+School+List+for+CAP+Essay+Contest&utm_campaign=4bb337df0b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_08_05_55_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e01cce5731-4bb337df0b-37060666

Ongoing Publishing Opportunities

Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal is willing to publish articles by law students, as well as soliciting help in proofreading articles and writing sections of the journal, such as an overview of recent cases in the field.  See the website for more information: http://www.teslaw.org/journal.

National Law Review Monthly Student Writing Competition, on topics of cybersecurity issues, immigration rights, tax issues, constitutional issues such as First Amendment or gun control, or employment issues (Ban the Box laws, minimum wage, transgender accommodations, or age/sex discrimination), with a prize of online publication, and a deadline of 5:00 p.m. CST by the last day of the month.  See the website for more information: http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.