It’s time to enter the ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction

Law in Popular Culture

It’s time to get creative. Entries are being accepted for the 2018 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction through 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 1.

Your original work of fiction should illuminate the role of law or lawyers in society, and should be no longer than 5,000 words. The author of the winning entry will receive $3,000.

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, plot exposition, legal insight and character development.

Last year’s winner was Linda Oatman High, who wrote The Attorney Helped Clean Up The Blood.

Only one entry is allowed per person, and the author must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Entries must be submitted online, and they must be unpublished or published no earlier than Jan. 1, 2018. Though authors retain copyright in their works, the winning author grants the ABA and the ABA Journal the nonexclusive right to publish the story in any platform without extra compensation.

The rest of the contest rules, and instructions on how to submit your short story, are here.


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