New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

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Acting Director of Communications

Legal Fiction Writing Contest Set

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— The National Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers is presently seeking entries for its 2006 contest, which boasts a $1,000 first-place prize, lunch with two bestselling legal thriller authors and national exposure to over 100 literary agents. The deadline for the competition, sponsored by the professional training company SEAK, Inc., is June 30. Submissions will be judged on originality, writing quality and author potential.

Short stories or excerpts from novels will be considered by the judges, and all entries must be typed and not exceed 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per author, who must be licensed to practice law in the United States or its territories. All entries must include the attorney’s name, address, phone number and email address. Authors retain the copyright to all materials submitted, and there is no entry fee.

The first-prize winner will receive $1,000, have lunch with New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Scottoline and Stephen Horn, and have their submission publicized to over 100 literary agents and the Associated Press.

Winning the fifth annual competition could change an aspiring author’s life. The 2002 winner, attorney Claire Matturo used the award as a launching pad for a career as a novelist. He novel Skinny Dipping: A Novel of Suspense was published by William Morrow in 2004.

Submissions should be mailed by regular mail to SEAK, Inc.—Legal Fiction Competion, ATTN: Steven Babitsky, Esq., President, P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541.

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