Current Contests

Cartoon Caption Contest

Readers are being asked to help us craft captions for cartoons that will be published in upcoming issues of the magazine.

The caption contests have two components:

Part 1: Cartoons will be published and readers are invited to submit captions by sending an email to captions[at]abajournal[dot]com with Caption Contest in the subject line.

Part 2: ABA Journal staff will pick at least three entries that make us laugh or groan and post those at ABAJournal.com for public voting. The caption with the most votes during the published voting period is the winner and will be published in an upcoming issue of the ABA Journal.

Rules:

  • You are welcome to submit as many captions as you’d like.
  • Bite your tongue: No foul language, hate speech, or sexual references.
  • Decisions of the ABA Journal editorial staff are final.
  • The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. CT on Sundays.
  • Entries must be original to the author.
  • Entries may be edited for clarity and style.
  • By submitting a caption for consideration in the contest, the author grants the American Bar Association and/or the ABA Journalthe non-exclusive and perpetual right to license the caption to others and to publish the caption in its periodicals, books, anthologies, ebooks, audiobooks or any other publication platform, whether print or digital.
  • Contest entries will be judged initially by ABA Journal staff, then put up for public vote.
  • Winning entries will be published online at ABAJournal.com and in the print ABA Journal.
  • Those ineligible to enter include: ABA staff members, members of the ABA Journal Board of Editors and their relatives, and freelance writers for the ABA Journal who have been paid for articles published after January 1, 2014.
  • There is no monetary award for the contest. The prize: bragging rights.
  • Entering or voting by bot may result in disqualification of an entry.
  • If you don’t’ make us laugh, we reserve the right not to publish the winning entry.

Look for the latest cartoon contest here, or view gallerys of the best cartoons of 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.




ABA Journal/Ross Contest for Short Fiction

  • Entry Form
  • Deadline for entry: 5 p.m. CDT, May 31, 2017

The ABA Journal is accepting entries for the 2017 ABA Journal/Ross Contest for Short Fiction.

Entries should be original works of fiction, no longer than 5,000 words. Entries should illuminate the role of law and/or lawyers in modern life. The winner will receive a prize of $3,000.

Click here for more information.



Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's acclaimed classic To Kill a Mockingbird, is sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal.

The prize is awarded annually for a published book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

For complete rules and the entry form is here: Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction entry form and details

For past winners, visit our topic page on the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.



Peeps in Law

Those delightfully marshmallow treats from Just Born aren't just for eating anymore. They now come in so many shapes and sizes that there are full sites devoted to honoring the beloved candy.

Our whimsical annual contests include diorama galleries created by our readers, highlighting legal stories, places and ideas with sugary sweet Peeps as the main characters.

Our rules are as follows: Create a law-related diorama with Peeps, take a photo of the diorama and send the photo (JPG, GIF or PNG) to peeps[at]abajournal[dot]com by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Include a title of the diorama, how you would like to be identified, and a short (no more than 150 words) description. ABA Journal staff will select finalists, looking for creative expression of legal themes. Finalists will be posted online for readers to vote for their favorites. Winners will be announced on April 17, 2017. The ABA is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected entries, or for computer errors or technical failures.

By submitting a photo, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the ABA’s Terms of Use available at http://www.americanbar.org/utility/terms.html and the Fine Print Rules below. In addition, by submitting a photo you also agree to allow the ABA Journal to reprint your photo and description in all forms of media at any time. Individual email addresses will not be posted.

Fine Print Rules:

  • You are welcome to submit as many photos of dioramas as you’d like.
  • Bite your tongue: No foul language, hate speech, or sexual references.
  • All decisions of the ABA Journal editorial staff are final.
  • Entries must be original to the author.
  • Entries may be edited for clarity and style.
  • By submitting a photo of a diorama for consideration in the contest, the author grants the American Bar Association and/or the ABA Journal the non-exclusive and perpetual right to license the photo of a diorama to others and to publish the diorama photo in its periodicals, books, anthologies, ebooks, audiobooks or any other publication platform, whether print or digital. The author also grants the American Bar Association and/or the ABA Journal the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the author’s name and likeness in connection with the [picture] or this Contest, in each case, without compensation. The author understands that publication is not guaranteed.
  • Contest entries will be judged initially by ABA Journal staff, then put up for public vote.
  • Selected diorama photos will be published online at ABAJournal.com.
  • Those ineligible to be selected as finalists: ABA staff members, members of the ABA Journal Board of Editors and their relatives, and freelance writers for the ABA Journal who have been paid for articles published after January 1, 2017. However anyone is welcome to enter a diorama photo for the public gallery.
  • There is no monetary award from the ABA Journal for the contest. The ABA Journal prize: bragging rights.
  • Entering or voting by bot may result in disqualification of an entry.

See previous galleries of Peeps in Law entries here: