Lawyerist’s Annual Short Fiction Contest

Do you write fiction? We like to read fiction. That’s why, starting in 2014, we started doing an annual short fiction contest. Going forward, we will announce the contest at the beginning of March, and entries will be due on June 1st, by midnight (Central).

Past Winners


Submission Guidelines

Entries must be original works of fiction of no more than 5,000 words that feature a lawyer as a prominent character. Entries must be submitted by email to no later than June 1st.

The top entries will be posted on Lawyerist. The top two entries will receive cash awards of $200 (first place) and $100 (runner up). The top entries will also be published on

By submitting a work for consideration, you grant Lawyerist Media, LLC, a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish the work in any format, print or digital.

Contest entries will be judged by an independent panel selected by the editor of The winner and runner up will be announced as soon as possible.