2010 Law Day student contests

Do you know a budding writer, artist, or photographer? The State Bar, along with the Texas Young Lawyers Association, is inviting students grade K-12 to show off their skills by entering the 2010 Law Day editorial, photography, and poster contests. 

The theme of this year's Law Day is "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges." Judges are looking for essays, photographs, and posters that creatively describe or depict how the modern world is changing the way we practice law. All entries should be submitted to your local bar association or young lawyer affiliate. Winners may receive up to $1000 in prizes, plus an invitation to the State Bar of Texas Law Day Luncheon on Friday, April 30th. The deadline for all contests is April 1st.

More information on the contests is available here. To contact your local bar association, check out the State Bar's Local Bar Services.

Reminder -- Short Story Contest deadline is March 1st!

Attention, aspiring authors! The deadline to enter the Texas Bar Journal 2010 Short Story Fiction Writing Contest is this Monday, March 1st. The entries will be judged by an independent panel, with the top three stories appearing in the June 2010 issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Stories must be 2,000 words or less, previously unpublished, and written by a lawyer in good standing who is licensed to practice law in Texas. For more details, download the entry form.

State Bar Announces Twitter Novel Contest

What Ernest Hemingway reportedly considered to be his best work was also his briefest. To settle a bar bet, the story goes, Hemingway was challenged to write a complete novel in only six words. The result? "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."

Texas Bar Journal, and the 2010 State Bar Annual Meeting Legal Innovation Track: The Adaptable Lawyer will challenge you to write your own brief work of fiction — but with a modern twist: 140-character, Twitter-ready novels. The grand-prize winner will receive an Apple iPad, as well as special recognition at the 2010 State Bar Annual Meeting, during a breakfast featuring LexBlog, Inc. CEO and Twitter guru Kevin O'Keefe. Look for details in the March issue of the Texas Bar Journal.



The Texas Bar Journal wants your short stories!

It's that time of year again — not when we snuggle around the open fire or get a little silly at the office holiday party, no. It's time for aspiring John Grishams to dust off their typewriters (or more realistically, their computer keyboards) and get to writing their award-winning short story.

The 2010 Texas Bar Journal Short Story Fiction Writing Contest is officially on. The June 2010 issue of the Texas Bar Journal will feature the top three stories, as judged by our independent panel (it's a blind judging, too, to make it more fair). Deadline for entries is March 1, 2010.

"How long does my story have to be?" you ask. Well, we know you like telling stories, but, it's a short story contest, so keep it to 2,000 words or less.

You are pondering what you can write about, too, right? We're pretty open to the topic, as long as your short story is previously unpublished and deals with or is related to the law or lawyers in some fashion.

"What if I have entered or won a previous year?" you wonder. That's okay — go for win No. 2 or polish up last year's story. We welcome all entries, as long as it's from any lawyer licensed to practice in Texas who is in good standing. (We fibbed a little in that last sentence — directors of the State Bar or the Texas Bar Journal board of editors are ineligible.)

"How much time do I have?" you worry. No worries — the deadline is months away, next year in fact. Send those stories in by March 1, 2010, and you'll be good.

For more information, download an entry form.

Oh yeah, in case you missed it, the deadline for entries is March 1, 2010.