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Submission Format and Deadline

  1. With the exception of the prizes listed in #5 below, students must submit  for each prize for which the paper is to be considered an electronic copy of the paper and the  2018-19 Writing Prize Cover Sheet by email to with the student’s name and prize title in the subject line of the email. IMPORTANT: Please submit your cover sheet and paper, each as a separate PDF document.
    Some prizes are reviewed blindly. Please be sure your name does NOT appear on the paper itself, only on your cover page. If you have a faculty supervisor for your paper, please include the faculty member’s name in your email submission.
  2. Submissions for the Klemens von Klemperer Prize are due by 5:00pm ET on Friday, March 29, 2019. Submissions for the Fisher Sander Prize are due by 5:00pm ET on Friday, May 3, 2019. Submissions for all other prizes are due on April 26, 2019 by 5:00pm. Submission deadlines will be strictly observed; late papers will not be accepted.
  3. We will start accepting papers on March 18, 2019.
  4. Nominating statements from supervising professors, where applicable, should be emailed to
  5. Prize submissions for the following prizes are NOT collected by the Office of Academic Affairs and should be submitted as noted below:

    • Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize: Papers are due by April 26, 2019 at 5pm along with the required 2018-19 Writing Prize Cover Sheet. Please submit two hard copies to the East Asian Legal Studies office (Austin 301) and an electronic copy via email to Mike Zaisser.
    • John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics: Papers are due by April 26, 2019 at 5pm and should be emailed to Irina Goldina by the recommending faculty member. Only papers recommended for submission by an HLS faculty member will be considered, and students wishing to apply should have the professor under whom the paper is written email a statement evaluating the paper to Professor Steven Shavell by the indicated deadline.

Paper Requirements

  1. Only papers written by HLS students during their enrollment at HLS will be considered for the School’s student writing prizes. Joint papers are eligible, but all authors must be current HLS students.
  2. Papers that have been edited by others in preparation for submission to a journal or previously submitted to a journal may not be submitted for a student writing prize in edited form. Such papers may be considered for prizes only if an original, unedited version of the paper is available.
  3. Unless otherwise noted, students may submit multiple papers for a single prize and may submit a single paper for multiple prizes. However, each paper is eligible to win only one of the prizes for which it is submitted. This rule applies to winning papers submitted in a prior year.

Winning Papers

  1. The name and paper title of all prize winners will be published on the HLS Website by May 31, 2019.
  2. The names of graduating prize winners and prizes won will be listed in the Commencement Program. Non-graduating prize winners’ names will be listed in the Commencement Program in the year they graduate.
  3. Prize-winning papers may be published online in the School’s DASH student-paper repository.
  4. If a prize has more than one winner, the prize money will be divided.

Please contact April Pettit in the Office of Academic Affairs, with any questions about HLS student writing prizes.