Consideration For Others Essay Contest


1.        Download the Schwab Entry Form and fill it out.

2.        Return the completed entry form by e-mail to familylaw@americanbar.org with Schwab Entry as the subject.

Your completed entry form must be received by Friday, April 13, 2018, so we may assign you a number. No submissions after April 13, 2018 will be accepted.

3.        The ABA will then e-mail you an electronic copy of the entry form with an assigned number.

4.        Place the assigned number in the upper right-hand corner of each page of the essay. (Contestant's name must not appear anywhere on the essays.)

5.        Send one (1) electronic copy of the essay and the completed entry form (with assigned number and your signature) to familylaw@americanbar.org,  Subject: Schwab Essay Submission

Please Note: We will only accept one (1) entry per author; we do not accept multiple submissions.

 DEADLINE: All entries must be e-mailed on or before April 27, 2018. Remember, in order to be assigned a number, you must send us your entry form by April 13, 2018. These dates must be strictly adhered to.

The ABA will confirm receipt of entries via e-mail.

Questions regarding the contest should be directed to the ABA Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145.Notification of Winners


Notification of Winners

First, second, and third place winners will be notified by the ABA that they have won via the e-mail and U.S. mail addresses listed on their entry form. If winner(s) do not respond to notification within 10 business days or if their e- mail or U.S. mail is returned as undeliverable, another winner(s) will be chosen. Winner(s) from the level(s) below the non-responding or returned e-mail address winner(s) will be notified that they will move up to the appropriate level, and a new winner(s) will be chosen for that vacated place(s) from the other entrants to the contest.  Example:  first and second place winners do not timely respond to notification that they have won.  The  third place winner will then be notified that he/she has become the first place winner, and new second and third place winners will be chosen and notified.

License/ Grant of Rights

By entering, the winners grant to the ABA the following rights: (1) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all ABA media or form of communication; (2) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in ABA’s sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of an ABA publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials; (3) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication’s standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (4) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Writing Competition without further compensation. Additionally, at the ABA’s discretion, the winning entrant must execute a separate licensing agreement giving the ABA the publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to the ABA mission. At the ABA’s sole discretion, if the winner fails to sign the agreement within 10 business days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner named.

Laws and Regulations

This contest is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, that the courts of Illinois shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Cook County, Illinois shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

Conditions of Participation

By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and releases and discharges the ABA, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Sponsor”) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this promotion, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims”). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Sponsor of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this promotion and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail or email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the promotion if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

Odds of Winning

Chances of winning will vary depending on the number and quality of entries. However, Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Announcement of Winners

For a list of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope by October 31, 2018 to the Section of Family Law, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654.

Opt-Out Option

Any individual may elect to opt out of receiving future contest mailings by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285- 2221.

Privacy Policy and Data Collection

Information provided by entrants in connection with this sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://www.americanbar.org/utility/privacy.html

Sponsor

American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654

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


The ABA Journal will accept entries for the 2018 ABA Journal/ Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction (“The Contest”) through June 1, 2018.

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.

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: Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction



Peeps in Law

Those delightful 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 Sunday, March 25, 2018. 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 2, 2018. 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, 2018. 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:



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