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When: Deadline: March 15, 2019
Where: United States
Contact: Dana Zivkovich

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GP Solo and Small Firm Section Writing Competition


The GP Solo and Small Firm Section is hosting a writing competition, and the winner will be awarded a full scholarship to the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference, which includes boot camp and regular registrations for one person, and two nights lodging at the French Lick Resort (a $787 value!).  This year's conference theme is Small Firm Superheroes: Successful Lives, Successful Practices.  Entrants should submit an essay discussing practice management strategies that have and haven't worked for them in keeping their law practices relevant and competitive in the marketplace.  The writing competition review committee strongly encourages entrants to consider and expound on their choice either to concentrate in or focus on a few particular practice areas of law, or conversely, to diversify among several practice areas, and how that choice supports their business model as well as their chosen work/life balance. 



The competition is open to any GP Solo and Small Firm Section member. Entrants may apply for section membership online at the bar association website up to the time of submission.


Original unpublished work

Only unpublished work is eligible for this competition and entrants verify by submitting their entry that it is their own, original unpublished work. Previous publication is considered to include in or on any written medium, including but not limited to, a newspaper, newsletter, magazine, anthology, chapbook, book, website, electronic magazine, personal blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platform.



The winner will be officially notified by email or phone, and the winning entry may be published in Res Gestae at the editor’s discretion.


Express agreement

Entry is taken to be express agreement to all competition rules by participants.


Number of entries

One entry per author.



800 - 1,000 words and the word count will be adhered to rigorously.



Print entries must be typed in English and double-spaced. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate cover page that contains the title of the entry, the author’s name and contact information.


Submission and Due Date: All submissions should be emailed to GP Solo & Small Firm Section Chair, Dana Zivkovich, at in Word and PDF format.  You will receive email confirmation of your submission from Dana Zivkovich. If you do not receive email confirmation, please contact Dana at 219-232-4888 to confirm your submission was received.  The deadline for submission is March 15, 2019. The winner will be announced on the last Friday in March.

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