The Eighth Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
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SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE JULY 1 for the Eighth Annual Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Writing Contest. The contest is sponsored by the District of Columbia Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies with the purpose to promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies.


Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.


Scholarly papers relating to the topic of religious liberty, broadly or narrowly construed, consisting of 9,000-13,000 words, including footnotes. Eligible papers must be typed, thoroughly cited, and presented in a format suitable for publication, with no additional editing required. Papers must conform to Bluebook requirements and may include footnotes. Papers prepared for academic coursework are permitted.


All papers must be submitted on or before July 1, 2015. Papers should be submitted by e-mail to in pdf and/or docx formats. You will receive e-mail confirmation of your submission. Questions regarding submission may be directed to


Top entries will receive the following awards:

  • First place:  $4000 cash award
  • Second place:  $3000 cash award
  • Third place:  $2000 cash award
  • Honorable mention: Four $1000 cash awards


All papers will be reviewed for their conformity to the above requirements and for their substantive treatment of the topic. Awards will be presented at the Religious Liberty Award Dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 5, 2017.