The Utah State Bar Appellate Practice Section has announced its first appellate haiku and limerick contest. It seems entrants need to be members of the Utah bar, but perhaps other state bar associations will take note and dream up their own competitions.
If you're interested in entering the Utah contest, your entry should relate to appellate law in some way and be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail to Tawni Anderson Sherman, Dewsnup, King and Olsen, 36 S. State St. #2400, Salt Lake City UT 84111.
The announcement included some fine print:
"Entries must be received by June 1, 2007. By submitting an entry, participants certify that the submitted work is original and further grant the Section a non-exclusive license to the use and publication of their poems at the state bar's annual convention, on the Section's website, in Section promotional materials, in the Utah Bar Journal, and in any documentary film based on the contest (even if made by Michael Moore). Only entrants who are members of the Appellate Practice Section or who are Utah court judges are eligible to win. (Not a member? No problem! You can join for a mere $10. Judges need not be members.) Officers and executive committee members of the Section are not eligible to win but may submit entries for publication and glory. The Section is not responsible for entries lost in cyberspace. Judges have absolute discretion to determine the winning entries and their decisions, incongruously enough, are not reviewable in any way, shape, or form. Winning entries will be posted on the Section's website and/or published in the Utah Bar Journal sometime after the state bar's annual convention, further ensuring the perpetual fame of the winners and selected other honorees."
hat tip: Prof. Kristen Gerdy, Brigham Young University