CBLDF Launches Legal Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship

cbldf_logoThe Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce its inaugural writing contest, the CBLDF Writing Competition for Excellence in Comic Book Scholarship. The competition is directed to current students at any U.S. law school and seeks writings about comic books and the comic book industry. The competition is directed by CBLDF Board of Directors member Dale Cendali, a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to participate in a CBLDF presentation at the 2016 Comic-Con International in San Diego! The winner of will also receive a $500 cash prize and a complimentary annual membership to CBLDF!

To participate, students should submit an original piece of legal writing addressing a legal issue or issues related to comic books, the comic book industry, or a matter that relates to or affects comics. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as either a fulltime or part-time student at a U.S. law school. The writing must be the author’s original creation (although it may be co-authored) and may be either an unpublished manuscript or a published article that was published no longer than one year prior to the competition deadline.

All submissions must be received by February 29, 2016. Along with their writing, entrants should provide their name, address, e-mail address, and the law school that they currently attend. Submissions and any questions should be sent to contest@cbldf.org.

The competition’s winner will be chosen by a panel of judges led by Cendali. The winner will be selected based on content, originality, timeliness, quality, and relevancy.

One grand prize winner will receive $500 cash prize  and an annual membership to CBLDF. The grand prize winning paper will be prominently published on cbldf.org, and the winner will also earn a chance to present their work during a CBLDF panel at Comic-Con International 2016. CBLDF will furnish a badge for the winner and one guest.

Two runners-up will be selected from the competing papers. The runners-up will be published on cbldf.org, and they will receive a complimentary one-year membership to CBLDF.

Official rules: https://cbldf.org/cbldf-writing-competition-official-rules/

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights that our community depends on. Please support our important work! www.cbldf.org