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VGBA Scholarship and Writing Competition Submission Guidelines

Video Game Bar Association 2017 Writing Competition Submission Guidelines

Goals: The goal of the Video Game Bar Association (VGBA) Writing Competition is to encourage and reward student interest in the field of interactive entertainment law. Entries will be judged based on writing quality, timeliness of topic, insight offered by submission, strength of conclusion, and overall impression.

Who May Enter: Open to any law school student in good standing, over the age of 21, who is currently attending a law school within the United States or Canada.

Deadline: Entries must be received by the VGBA no later than February 26, 2017.

Entry: To enter, submit an essay on a current topic in interactive entertainment or video game law. “Interactive entertainment law” or “video game law” is a broad category containing numerous practice disciplines. Without attempting to define the area precisely, the subject is intended to include matters such as: Intellectual Property, Right of Publicity, Compliance, Privacy and Data Security, Business Formation, and Taxation. The judges will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the competition affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of professional interest. Entrants must submit their own original essay. If the winning entry is found not to be an original it will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected.

Specifications: Entries must be submitted electronically, as an attachment to an email message to Suzanne@vgba.org with the subject line, “Writing Competition Entry”, and sent in Microsoft Word format. Essays must not exceed 5,000 words, excluding footnotes. Entrants should write essays that engage practitioners and offer substantial insight into the field. Emails must include a cover page indicating the title of the essay, the submitter’s full name, law school and expected year of graduation, mailing address, e-mail address, and employment information (if applicable).

Prizes: The first-place winner will receive a $2,500 stipend as well as round-trip airfare, accommodations, and admission to attend the VGBA’s 6th Annual Video Game Law Summit, May 15-16, 2017 in Los Angeles. This winning submission will be published in the Video Game Law Summit materials book. No substitutions for prizes will be permitted, except at the sponsor’s discretion. Any taxes are the responsibility of the winners. In addition to the prizes noted above, The Spivey Consulting Group, will also provide ten hours of free employment consulting and job search services to the winner.

Judging: The entries will be judged based on the overall quality of the paper, including significance of the topic to the field, originality and creativity of topic treatment, quality of analysis, and technical quality of writing. A winner will be selected prior to May, 2017, by a panel of VGBA members. The decision of the judges shall be final. The VGBA shall notify the winner by email.

Restrictions: Void where prohibited. Only previously unpublished essays are eligible. Essays prepared for law school credit are eligible provided they are the entrant’s original work. Each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. The VGBA gives no guarantee that there will be winner(s).

Submission: Entries must be submitted electronically in PDF format, as an attachment to an email message to Suzanne@vgba.org with the subject line, “Writing Competition Entry”.