Current Contests

ABA Journal/Ross Contest for Short Fiction


The ABA Journal will accept entries for the 2019 ABA Journal/ Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction (“The Contest”) through June 1, 2019.

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.

Learn more: ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction



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.

Nominations for books published in 2018 are due March 31, 2019. A committee from the ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law selects three finalists from the nominees. Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite among the finalists on the ABA Journal website, and the winner of the public vote will be considered during the prize selection process.

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

For past winners, visit our topic page: Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction



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Readers were asked to help us craft captions for cartoons that were published in upcoming issues of the magazine.

Check out all the cartoon contests here, or view galleries of the best cartoons of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.