Award Details

Award Name

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize

Submission Deadline


Possible Recipients


Open To
  • Student
Award Sponsor

Center for Reproductive Rights

Papers must be at least 20 pages in length (not including footnotes), double-spaced in 12-point font with footnotes in 10-point font, conforming to Bluebook citation format. Only original scholarship by current J.D. or LL.M. law students or recent 2019 graduates will be accepted. Papers being considered for publication elsewhere are not eligible for first prize but may still be awarded second or third.

We encourage writing that amplifies lesser-heard voices, suggests innovative solutions, and takes into account the realities and the lived experiences of the people most affected by reproductive oppression. We ask students to think expansively about reproductive rights and justice and to analyze issues using an intersectional lens – to consider the impact of demographic and institutional factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and immigration status.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2021 Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights & Justice. Submissions will be accepted until 5:00pm PT on Friday, October 22, 2021. We will review submissions in the coming months and notify the winners in December. If you have any questions about the Writing Prize in the meantime, please email the Professional Development Manager at

Important Dates

Important Date

Submission Deadline

Award Prizes

Monetary Prize
$ 750

First Place

Monetary Prize
$ 500

Second Place

Monetary Prize
$ 250

Third Place

Other Prize
The first-place winning submission will also be granted a “presumption of publishability” and receive expedited review by the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.