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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Oct 31, 2018

Send Your Best Work to the Third Annual

Tennessee Bar Journal Fiction Competition

The period for submissions is Jan. 15 through March 15, 2019. Winner will be notified by May 1.
Winning entry will be published in the June 2019 issue +
the author receives a $100 gift card from a favorite independent bookstore.


The following rules will govern the Annual Tennessee Bar Journal Fiction Competition, sponsored by the Editorial Board of the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Tennessee Bar Association.


The purpose of the competition is to engage members in an innovative and different way; to celebrate the creative side of our members and to encourage excellence; to enhance Journal content; and to provide an outlet for pent-up fiction writers as they seek to illuminate the law and the lives of lawyers.


The period for submissions is Jan. 15 through March 15, 2019. Winner will be notified by May 1.


The competition will be judged by the Tennessee Bar Journal Editorial Board and its decision is final. Submissions will be reviewed by the editor and other TBA staff. The Board reserves the right not to accept any submissions or not to award a prize, or to also award an Honorable Mention. The Board will not consider any article that, in the sole judgment of the Board, contains matter that is libelous or that violates accepted community standards of good taste and decency.

Word Count and Subject Matter

Entries must be an original work of fiction of no more than 3,500 words, which has not been previously published.  The work should touch on something law-related, no matter how slight. The subject should be something that moves you as a writer — and will move, educate, illuminate or give new insights to your readers.


The winning entry will be published in the June issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, both printed and online. The author will also receive a $100 gift card to a local independent bookstore of his or her choice.


Writers must be a member (lawyer or law student) in good standing of the Tennessee Bar Association. TBA officers, staff members, members of the Editorial Board and the immediate families of these groups are not eligible to enter or win. 

By submitting to the competition, the author warrants that all persons and events contained in the story are fictitious, that any similarity to actual persons or events is purely coincidental and that the article has not been previously published.


By submitting to the competition, the author authorizes the Tennessee Bar Association, its successors and assigns, to publish, print, and otherwise exhibit and/or reproduce in whole or in part, the winning article in any form of media, now known or hereafter created, including, without limitation, print and electronic. Also, all articles published in the Tennessee Bar Journal may be added to the Tennessee Bar Association’s site on the Internet; Westlaw,® West’s computer-assisted legal research service (under the TBA’s agreement with the West Group); LexisNexis,® the computer-assisted legal research service of LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. (under the TBA’s agreement with LexisNexis); HeinOnline (under the TBA’s agreement with William S. Hein & Co. Inc.); and disseminated by EBSCO Publishing. By agreeing to publish in the Journal, you are also giving permission to the West Group to include it on Westlaw® if West so chooses, for it to be included on LexisNexis if LexisNexis so chooses; for it to appear through HeinOnline; and for EBSCO Publishing to disseminate if it so chooses.

After publication through TBA channels, the author is granted permission to use the winning entry in any way.

How to Submit

To enter, email the story in a Word document attachment to Suzanne Robertson at srobertson@tnbar.org. The author’s name should not appear on the work; only the title should be included on the manuscript. Within the body of the email, please include the story’s title, your name, BPR number and contact information. Judges will not have the knowledge of the author’s identity during the judging process. There is no fee to enter.

Submissions must be received in proper form between Jan. 15, 2019, and midnight March 15, 2019. Submissions received outside of that time period will not be considered. If you do not receive confirmation your entry has been received within two business days, please call Suzanne Robertson at 615-383-7421.


Questions regarding the competition should be directed to Suzanne Robertson at srobertson@tnbar.org.