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The 2013 Denver Lawyers Arts & Literature Contest

Presented by The Docket, the official publication of the Denver Bar Association

2013 Rules and Guidelines

Contest Categories: The contest categories include: Writing — Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Humor; and Visual Arts — Painting (watercolors and oil/acrylic/mixed media), Drawing, Sculpture, and Photography. In all categories, the subject matter is open to the artists’ choice—no legal subject matter is required.

Writing Category Guidelines: Submissions in writing categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Humor) should not exceed 1,500 words.

Visual Category Guidelines: Do not send the original artwork; please only send a digital file. Please do describe the scale of the work; if helpful to understanding the work, please provide multiple photo views of the work (particularly if submitting for Sculpture). In Photography submissions, please explain how the shot was obtained, as well as any post-production (i.e. Photoshop). Images of submissions should be highresolution quality: 300 dpi at 10” x 12”.

Submission Period: The submission period will run from Friday, Feb. 1 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Eligibility: All Denver Bar Association members are eligible, except staff of the DBA, members of The Docket Committee (the judges), and any of these groups’ immediate family.

How to Submit Items: All submissions must be received by 11 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Artists may enter up to five previously unpublished works in each category, and may enter in all categories. The same work cannot be entered in multiple categories. The subject matter for the work is open and does not need to be legal-themed. Please fill out an entry form for each category you choose to enter.

Works may be submitted via email to or by mail. If sent via email, please include the artist’s name and category(ies) submitting in the subject line. If sent via mail, a digital copy (on CD or thumb drive) must be included and sent to: The Denver Bar Association, ATTN: Kate Schuster, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203.

The Rules: By submitting, the artist warrants and represents that the work: is your original work, has not been previously published, has not received any previous awards, does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity, and that the content is within the bounds of the fair use doctrine. The artist further warrants that: he or she has obtained permission from any person whose name or likeness is used in the work and publication of the work via various media, including on the Web, will not infringe on any third-party rights. The artist indemnifies and holds harmless the DBA from any claims to the
contrary, or from loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the work and the competition.

Artists retain the copyright in their own work. By entering the competition, however, artists grant to the Denver Bar Association and The Docket a license for first North American publication in print, and for publication on the website of the DBA/The Docket. Publication in either medium is in the sole discretion of the DBA. Artists also grant the DBA a license to grant reprint permission of any work that is published in the printed magazine or on the website of the DBA/The Docket.

The competition is governed by the laws of the State of Colorado, and the artist consents to its exclusive jurisdiction for any causes or controversies arising in relation to this competition.

The judges cannot assist artists in selecting work for submission to the competition. Submissions are reviewed by the judges, and their decision is final. In its sole discretion, the judges reserve the right not to accept any submission. The judges reserve the right not to award a prize in any or all categories, or to award an Honorable Mention in any and all categories.

Submissions will not be returned.

Questions regarding the competition should be directed to Kate Schuster at

Publication: Winners will be featured in the September issue of The Docket.

To enter, please download and fill out the entry form available here.

See the 2012 winners and their works here.