Anton Chekhov wrote The Bet in 1889. Franz Kafka authored Before the Law in 1915. And more than 100 years later, Rosann Gordon penned The Protective Order, the winning entry in last year’s Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest, an annual opportunity to showcase the creative talents of Texas lawyers.
Attorneys are naturally adept storytellers. They are also keen observers of human behavior and good with a turn of phrase. Combine these qualities with a knowledge of the law, and perhaps you, too, have a prize-winning work of short legal fiction to share with the world. Craft a compelling narrative with convincing characters who engage in conflict and seek a resolution. Add a little intrigue, action, drama, comedy, romance, or some combination thereof, and package the whole creation into 2,000 words or less, and you may be the next award-winning author! To enter the contest, click here. Submit your completed entry by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2019.
Not a Texas lawyer? Don’t fret! The ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction will accept entries for their competition through June 1, 2019.
Good luck! Happy writing and reading from the Harris County Law Library.