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 cartoon caption contest will run 10 times in 2019.

The caption contests have two components:

  1. Cartoons will be published, and readers are invited to submit captions by emailing captions[at]abajournal[dot]com with “[Current month] Caption Contest” in the subject line.
  2. ABA Journal staff will pick three entries that make us laugh or groan and post those at 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.


  • 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—typically the second Sunday of the month. The deadline for voting is 11:59 p.m. CT on usually the last Sunday of the month.
  • 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 Journal the nonexclusive and perpetual right to license the caption to others and to publish the caption in its periodicals, books, anthologies, e-books, 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 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, 2018. This contest is void where prohibited.
  • 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.

Sponsor: American Bar Association, ABA Journal, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Look for the latest cartoon contest here, or view galleries of the best cartoons of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.

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