CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – WIN MONEY AND GET PUBLISHED!
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the
Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice invite submissions for the 16th annual Writing Prize for
New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights & Justice.
Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (1st place), $500 (2nd place), or $250 (3rd place), and a
copy of the textbook, Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice (Murray & Luker). The first-place
winning submission will also be granted a “presumption of publishability” and receive expedited
review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.
The Writing Prize seeks student scholarship exploring reproductive rights and justice issues in the
U.S. We encourage writing that amplifies lesser-heard voices, suggests innovative solutions, and
takes into account the realities and the lived experiences of the people most affected by
reproductive oppression. We ask students to think expansively about reproductive rights and
justice and to analyze issues using an intersectional lens – to consider the impact of demographic
and institutional factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and immigration
The suggested theme for this year is “Supporting Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Beyond
Roe v. Wade.” Submissions might explore topics that intersect with If/When/How's strategic
initiatives, such as removing barriers to access and supporting those who seek reproductive care
outside the clinical setting, combatting criminalization, strategies for securing reproductive rights
at the state or local level, and public funding of reproductive health care through an intersectional,
reproductive justice lens. All submissions on other reproductive rights and justice topics are
Papers must be at least 15 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 J.D. or LL.M. law students or recent 2020 graduates will be accepted.
Papers being considered for publication elsewhere are ineligible for the first-place prize but may
be considered for second and third place. Winners will be selected by a panel of legal academics
and announced in December 2021.
Send your submission as an email attachment (in Word format, saved with your name in the title)
along with the name of your law school, graduation year, and mailing address to
email@example.com by 5:00pm PT on Friday, October 22, 2021.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.