Everytown Law Fund Student Writing Competition

Thank you for participating in the Everytown Law Fund's second annual writing competition. We look forward to reviewing your submission.

Please direct any questions to: everytownlawfund@everytown.org

*Everytown Law may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than three prizes.
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Official Rules


The Competition is open to law students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and are legal residents of the United States. Employees of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, its affiliated organizations (collectively “Everytown”) and their immediate family or household members are not eligible for the Competition.

Writing Topic

The Competition asks students to consider how they might use litigation and the law to advance gun violence prevention. Example subjects may include or be related to reducing gun violence through: 1) representing survivors of gun violence; 2) challenging the gun industry’s dangerous business practices; 3) lawsuits seeking stronger enforcement of existing gun safety laws; 4) defending gun safety laws against constitutional challenges; 5) litigating at the intersection of civil rights and gun violence prevention; or 6) emerging topics in Second Amendment jurisprudence.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be composed of original research and writing. Law school notes and academic articles that have previously been submitted or the student is planning to submit to law school reviews and journals for publication are eligible for submission. Note that submissions that have been previously published or accepted for publication are welcome but must be accompanied by written authorization for re-print to be eligible for The Competition. Failure to submit an original essay or permission to re-print will result in disqualification and may result in the selection of a new winner. Only one written work, per competition, may be submitted by each entrant.

Preferred submission length is 5,000 to 15,000 words, including footnotes, but may be as long as a law review note. Please follow the Bluebook for citations. For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header, footer, or document properties.

Entry Procedure

Entries must be received on or before June 3, 2024 by midnight EST via submission in this form. Everytown Law will not consider entries received after the specified deadline. 

Everytown Law is not responsible for errors or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure.

All participants retain full copyright to their entries except that winners are required to license certain rights to Everytown Law as stated herein as a condition of entry.

Selection and Notification of Winners

Submissions will be judged by a variety of factors deemed relevant by Everytown Law, including their contribution to gun violence prevention litigation, use of legal analysis, quality of legal research and writing, creativity, and vision. The decision of whether a particular writing qualifies is entirely within the discretion of Everytown Law. 

The entries will be judged anonymously. Everytown Law may award up to three prizes: a first prize of $2,500 and two runners-up prizes of $1,000 each. The winner and two runners-up may receive a speaking opportunity at an Everytown Law convening. All three top papers may be eligible for publication on Everytown Law’s website or social media. Winning submissions will be announced on or before August 30, 2024.  

Everytown Law reserves the right not to select a winner and not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection. If a potential winner does not respond within ten (10) business days after Everytown Law’s first attempt to contact him or her, or if the contact is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner forfeits all rights to be named as winner or receive a prize, and an alternate winner may be chosen.

License/Grant of Rights

By entering, the winning entrant consents to the publication of their entry by Everytown Law, understands that such publication is not guaranteed, and grants Everytown Law the following rights: (1) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all Everytown Law media or form of communication (unless previously published or scheduled to be published in a law school publication and disclosed at the time of entry pursuant to these rules); (2) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in Everytown Law’s sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of an Everytown Law publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials; (3) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication’s standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (4) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this The Competition without further compensation. By entering, all entrants warrant that their entry is original and not subject to any third-party copyright; that publication of the entry will not libel anyone or infringe or invade the rights of others; and that the entry has not been published elsewhere in whole or in part.

The winner must execute a standard publication agreement if the winning entry is selected for publication, giving Everytown Law publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to Everytown’s mission. If the winner fails to sign the agreement within 5 days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named.

Laws and Regulations

This contest is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the competition shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, that the courts of New York shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that New York County, New York shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the competition. Void where prohibited by law.

Conditions of Participation

By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of Everytown and releases and discharges Everytown and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this promotion, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims”). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of Everytown of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this promotion and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries become the property of Everytown and will not be acknowledged or returned. Everytown is not responsible for errors or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure.

Everytown may cancel, modify or terminate The Competition if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical difficulties of any kind.

Privacy Policy/Data Collection

Information provided by entrants in connection with The Competition is subject to Everytown Support Fund’s privacy policy, available at everytownsupportfund.org/privacy-policy/

Writing Submission
Upload your writing submission here.

Instructions for submission:

Do NOT include any personally identifying information in the body of your submission document, including name, address, phone number, or law school.

Please use this naming convention for your file: LastName_FirstName  (The submission will be reviewed anonymously and the file name will not be available to reviewers.)