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Writing Competitions

Below is a list of writing competitions which are open to students. Please check back periodically, as the Office of Student Services receives new writing competitions throughout the semester. 

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Mary Beth Aber, Cocurricular Programs Coordinator, at

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is pleased to announce its fourteenth annual student writing competition, which offers students the chance for scholarly publication and national recognition, as well as a resolution from the ABA commission and an honorarium. Submissions should discuss domestic and sexual violence and the law, and should further the legal needs of domestic or sexual violence victims or their children, or advance efforts to address the causes and effects of intimate partner violence.

First place: Publication in in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law; ABA resolution and honorarium.
Second and third place: ABA resolution and honorarium.

Full details and eligibility requirements

Application Deadline:
March, 2017

Additional details about this contest will be forthcoming as the application deadline approaches.


Hofstra Law and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) are sponsoring the eighth annual Family Law Writing Competition. The competition is run in cooperation with the editorial staff of the Family Court Review, which is the academic and research journal of  AFCC. The Family Court Review is an interdisciplinary and international journal published quarterly by Wiley and in cooperation with the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at Hofstra Law. The Family Court Review contributes to and facilitates discourse among the judicial, legal, mediation, mental health and social services communities.

Topics for Submission:
The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics.

Entries will be judged on the quality of legal analysis, originality, depth or research, timeliness, creativity and format. The Family Court Review’s editors and a subcommittee of editorial board members will evaluate all articles.

First place: $500 cash prize, certificate of recognition, consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review, Letter to the Dean of student's law school, one-year complimentary AFCC student membership, OR complimentary conference registration to AFCC's 54th Annual Conference

Honorable mention: $250 cash prize, certificate of recognition, consideration for publication of the article in the Family Court Review

Full Details and Requirements

Application Deadline:
February 1, 2017