Competition Information

The American Bankruptcy Institute ("ABI") is pleased to invite students to participate in its Twelfth Annual ABI Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded. All participants will also receive a free, one-year ABI membership.  To qualify for the competition, papers may not have been published previously.

Writing Topic

We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.

Dates of Competition

Papers must be submitted no later than March 13, 2020. Papers need to have been written since the close of last year's competition (anytime after March 18, 2019). We encourage those professors teaching bankruptcy law classes during the fall semester to let students know about the competition so that they can prepare papers during their fall classes for submission. Our hope is that the competition will dovetail nicely with any fall legal writing or advanced bankruptcy courses so that students can satisfy one of their writing requirements while creating an entry for the competition.

Competition Rules

Papers must comply with the guidelines for submissions found at Only one paper may be submitted per student.

Submitting Your Paper

Submissions must be received in PDF format, on or before March 13, 2020. Register for the competition and upload your paper by visiting the "Submit Paper" portion of the website. By entering the competition, winners agree to have their papers edited by ABI staff and leaders prior to publication.