Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest

Abraham Lincoln

We're looking for useful, practical articles on topics important to practicing lawyers. The highest scores will go to manuscripts that Illinois lawyers can use in their practices and that are written in a no-nonsense, plain-English style.

If you're an ISBA lawyer member under age 37 as of July 1 or admitted to the bar fewer than seven years as of that date, you're eligible to compete for a share of the $5,000 in Lincoln Award prize money and a handsome plaque for your office. And even if you don't win, yours may be among the many Lincoln Award entries to appear in the Illinois Bar Journal.

The contest is sponsored by and for members of the Young Lawyers Division. A distinguished panel of judges will evaluate the entries.

Past winning articles can be found in the February issues of the Illinois Bar Journal.

Read the contest rules

Important Dates

  • February – Winning article published in the Illinois Bar Journal.
  • March – Competition and rules announced.
  • Mid-July – Notice of intent to enter the competition is due.
  • Mid-August – A brief outline of the article is due.
  • Late September/Early October – The manuscript is due.


Please contact Jean Fenski at or (217) 525-1760 or (800) 252-8908 if you have questions.