Contest Rules



Haiku Contest Rules

Sponsor.  The American Bar Association (ABA), 321 North Clark, Chicago, IL 60625.

Eligibility. You are eligible to enter the contest if you are currently enrolled as full or part-time ABA law student member at an ABA accredited law school.  If you are not already an ABA member, your entry serves as your enrollment form for the free ABA membership.  You may cancel your membership at any time by calling 800-285-2221. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Entries. Entrants may submit one unpublished haiku (haiku are only 17 syllables in the form of 5-7-5) that has not been submitted for publication or to any other contest. Publication is defined as an appearance in a printed book, magazine or journal (sold or given away), or in any online journal that presents edited periodic content. The appearance of poem in online discussion lists or personal websites is not considered publication. Haikus submitted must be the original work of the submitter.  Joint submissions are not permitted. Judges will disqualify any haiku that they have seen before. All entries must be submitted electronically to the ABA using the form and instructions available at Entries will not be accepted by any other means. Use the form to include the entrant’s name, address, e-mail address, phone number, entry, and school information. Entries become the property of the ABA and will not be returned.  Once an entry is submitted, no changes may be made. By entering this contest, participants give permission for the ABA to announce their name if selected as the winner and permission to publish their submission (see Publication Section below).

Topic(s). Each entry must address: A recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision (2015 or 2016 terms) or the U.S. Constitution.

Length. Each haiku entered must contain only 17 syllables in the form of 5-7-5.

Entry Deadline. The deadline for receipt of entries is 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Entries received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Selection of Winners (One First Place Winner and Two Runners-Up):
Selection of winners and runners-up will be based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme, and overall quality. The Contest Committee will be made of ABA Young Lawyers Division leaders and will select no more than one winner and two runners-up from among the Eligible Entries that, in the sole discretion of the ABA, meet minimum quality standards and best reflect the theme. Winners will be notified by email by Friday, December 8, 2016 at 5 PM ET. They must respond by Friday, December 15, 2016 at 5 PM ET and must take possession of their prize by Friday, December 22, 2016. If winners do not respond by both deadlines, they will be disqualified and alternate winner(s) will be selected. . Winners will be announced on or about Friday, January 13, 2016 and posted on the Haiku Contest webpage and the ABA Young Lawyers Division and Law Student Division facebook pages.

Prizes. The first place winner will receive a $300 Apple Store Gift Card. Two runners up will each receive a $100 Apple Store Gift Card. Sponsor has the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.  Apple is not a sponsor of this contest.  Winners are responsible for any applicable taxes.

Publication. Winning entries may potentially be published on the ABA website, the ABA facebook pages, the ABA twitter feeds, and in the ABA publications such as TYL and the Law Student Division Magazine. Other entries may also be considered for publication. The decision whether to publish any entry is made by the editor and publisher. By submitting an entry in this contest, each entrant gives the ABA all rights, including express permission to edit and publish the entry in all media without limitation and without any other notice.

General Conditions.

1.    This contest is governed by the laws of the state of Illinois and participants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal district courts located within and of the state of Illinois for any causes or controversies arising therefrom.  The contest is void where prohibited.

2.    The sponsor reserves the right to void entries it deems associated with electronic or non-electronic tampering.

3.   Should technical or other difficulties arise that compromise the integrity of the contest the sponsor may cancel, modify or suspend the contest without notice. In that case, the sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes from eligible entries received before the cancellation.

4.   The sponsor is not responsible for any technical malfunction or service outage related to the contest.

5.     Disputes. The American Bar Association will be the final arbiter of all questions regarding entries, judging, interpretation of the rules and any other aspect of the contest.