2014 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) invite submissions for the ninth annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize.

The 1st place winning submission will have a presumption of publishability and will receive expedited review by New York University School of Law’s Review of Law and Social Change. Winning authors will also receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place).

LSRJ & CRR seek student scholarship exploring reproductive rights and justice issues in the United States. This year’s Writing Prize will not have a specific theme; instead, we encourage students to think expansively about reproductive rights and justice (RR/RJ) and to analyze issues using an intersectional lens – considering the impact of factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status.

Papers may explore a range of RR/RJ issues, for example:

  • Abortion coverage for low-income women
  • Affordable Care Act implementation
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)
  • Birthing options
  • Immigration reform and RR/RJ
  • LGBTQ community and RR/RJ
  • Policing of pregnant women
  • Rape culture and its impact on RR/RJ
  • Sex education or lack thereof
  • Trends in recent anti-abortion regulations

Papers should have a domestic focus, but may draw on international and comparative materials. Authors are asked to apply a reproductive justice and/or human rights framework to their analyses of the issues.  We encourage writing that amplifies lesser heard voices, applies an intersectional approach to legal thinking, suggests innovative solutions, and/or takes into account the practical realities and the lived experiences of the people affected.

Papers must be at least 20 pages in length (not including footnotes), double-spaced in 12-point font with footnotes in 10-point font, conforming to Bluebook citation format. Only original scholarship by current law students or 2012 graduates will be accepted. Papers being considered for publication elsewhere are ineligible for the first place prize but will be considered for second and third place. Papers already contracted for publication as of January 2014 will not be accepted. Winners will be selected by an outside panel of legal advocates and academic judges.

Send your submission (in Word format as an email attachment) to submissions@lsrj.org by 5:00pm PST on Wednesday, January 15.

To learn more about reproductive rights and justice, please see the websites for LSRJ and CRR. In particular, these pages may be of interest:

Questions? Email Mariko Miki, Director of Academic & Professional Programs.

Read previous winning submission >