Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law National Writing Contest

Deadline: 06/01/2013

Competition Website


Goals: The goal of the Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law (“Property Journal”) National Writing Contest (“Contest”) is to expand the breadth of the contributions published in the Property Journal and provide a platform for student-writers producing excellent scholarly work to contribute to real property discourse by way of publication in a journal devoted to exploring real property issues.

Who May Enter: The Contest is open to all law students in good standing, over the age of 18, who are currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States, except for students of Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Entrants may submit essays that have written a note or comment for the journal they are a member of but were not published in that journal, or essays that have been used to receive rigorous writing credit at the entrant’s school that have also not been published. Student essays that have been previously submitted to the Texas Wesleyan Law Review or Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law are ineligible for this contest.

Deadlines: Entries must be received no later than midnight (CST) on June 1, 2013.

Essay Requirements: To be considered, entrants must submit an essay dealing with real property. The Property Journal will interpret the scope of real property broadly to ensure that the Contest affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on the subject. The Property Journal will simply be looking for essays that are written on issues touching real property in some way. Entrants are encouraged to submit essays written on issues that are current, timely, controversial, and/or of national interest. Entrants must submit their own original work. The Property Journal encourages submission of essays that were submitted to other law reviews but not selected for publication, or essays that were written for school credit but were not previously published. Any essay that is found not to be an original work of the entrant will be disqualified from the Contest. Only one submission may be made per entrant. If multiple submissions are made by one entrant, that entrant will be disqualified.

Specifications: Essays must be formatted for standard, 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, double- spaced, with one-inch margins on all sides. Essays must not exceed 30 pages, double- spaced, including footnotes. Essays must be in Microsoft Word format. Essays should be in traditional law review style, presenting a scholarly discussion with full citation to authority in footnotes. Essays should conform to The Bluebook-A Uniform System of Citation and to The Redbook- A Manual on Legal Style, 2d ed.

Prizes: The Property Journal will select either two or three essays as winners of the Contest. The selected essays will be published in the Winter Edition of the Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law. Additionally, a cash prize will be awarded to the writers of the selected essays. First-place will receive $750; Second-place will receive $500.00; and if a Third-Place essay is selected, that author will receive $250.00. No substitutions will be permitted. Any taxes are the responsibility of the winners.


Submissions: Entries should be received no later than 12:00 a.m. CST, June 1, 2013. The entries should be attached to an email sent to Liz Wiggins at efwiggins@law.txwes.edu with a subject line of PROPERTY JOURNAL CONTEST 2013. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. All entries should include a title page and completed entry form.

Entries: All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the entrant’s responsibility. Winners must relinquish all rights to the Property Journal to reproduce entries in any medium and without restriction. Essays submitted must have been created by the entrant, must never have been published in any other medium, and must have been written after September 1, 2011. By entering, the winners give the Property Journal the right to reproduce any essay material submitted in any medium without time, use, or territorial limitation, as long as such is for noncommercial purposes. Entries will not be returned. All entries submitted to the Property Journal become the property of the Property Journal.

Entrants must submit their essays with a title page included. The title page should contain only the essay’s title and the entrant’s social security number. The entrant’s name is not to be on any page of the submitted essay. Entrants’ identities will not be known to the judges. In addition to the essay, each entrant must complete and submit the official entry form included at the conclusion of these rules. The entry form must include the title of his or her essay and date, the entrant’s printed name and signature, law school, year of expected graduation, and all permanent and temporary addresses and telephone numbers. Forms that require signatures should be printed, signed, scanned and then attached to the e-mail message which submits the writing contest entry. The entrant’s signature verifies: (1) that the entrant has read the competition rules and accepts the conditions stated; (2) that the essay is written by the entrant; (3) that the entrant releases the Property Journal from all liability; and (4) that the entrant releases the use of his or her essay and name for publication in any medium and for editorial, advertising, and promotional usage, without compensation, in connection with the promotion by the Property Journal of this and succeeding essay contests sponsored by the Property Journal. Additional entry forms can be requested by emailing Liz Wiggins at efwiggins@law.txwes.edu. If the essay title page and official entry form are not all fully completed, signed, and submitted with any entry, the entry may be disqualified. Proper submission of all required forms constitutes acceptance of all conditions set forth in these rules.

Judging: The essays will be judged on the basis of research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. A first- place, second-place, and at the discretion of the Property Journal, third-place winner will be selected on or before August 26, 2013, by a panel of judges that will be appointed at the discretion of the Property Journal’s Executive Board. The decision of the judges shall be final. The Property Journal will notify all winners by e-mail no later than August 31, 2013.

Restrictions: Void where prohibited. Only previously unpublished essays are eligible. Essays prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant’s original work. Each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. Jointly authored essays are not acceptable. Although the entrant may obtain some guidance from others, the work must be that of the entrant. The ideas and work reflected in each essay must be the entrant’s own. The entrant must perform all of the key tasks of identifying the topic, researching it, analyzing it, formulating positions and arguments, and writing and revising the essay. The entrant may inform another of the entrant’s progress in performing these tasks, and accept a reasonable amount of responsive advice. For example, the entrant may obtain a professor’s opinion that a proposed topic is a good choice, that a detailed outline should be reorganized or that a first draft unwisely omits to cover a subtopic or to raise and respond to criticisms of the entrant’s thesis. The entrant must limit the amount of such advice sought or received, so that the final essay truly reflects the entrant’s own ideas and work, not another’s.

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