3rd Annual Racial Justice Writing Competition "A More Perfect Union"

A More Perfect Union: 2023 Third Annual Racial Justice Writing Competition

As pledged in the 2020 Faculty Antiracism Statement, Chicago-Kent College of Law continues this third annual writing competition to encourage and honor excellent student scholarship on racial justice. The Chicago-Kent Law Library is excited to sponsor this writing competition.

Topic: Papers on any topic related to racial justice may be submitted for consideration.

Eligibility: Any current Chicago-Kent student may submit a paper written inside or outside of class on a racial justice topic. Entries may be the author’s own work or jointly authored. Papers should explain the issue or thesis well; be well-organized, creative, and persuasive; and be well written. There is no page limit for entries.

Award: The winning entry will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The prize money will be equally divided among authors if the winning entry is a jointly authored paper.

Judging: A panel of Chicago-Kent faculty, including the chairs of the Curriculum and Diversity Committees and additional rotating faculty judges, recruited annually, will conduct the judging. Entries will be anonymous to judges during judging.

Please email your submission to facsupport@kentlaw.iit.edu. Staff will note the author details, then provide an anonymous version of the file to faculty judges.


  • Submissions will be accepted until midnight, June 10, 2023.
  • Judging will be completed and the award announced by July 1, 2023.


Previous Winning Papers:

2021 Winner: Chloe Bell '22 for  “The Lasting Impact of Housing Discrimination on Industrial Development, Environmental Justice, and Land Use"

2022 Winner: Xavier Harris '23 for “The Miseducation of a Divided Nation: An Analysis of Laws Banning Critical Race Theory in K-12 Public Schools"