Starting in 2012, I have posted information about this award and have enjoyed following the nominees and winners. I look forward to seeing which titles are selected for this year’s award. The following is a guest post by Monique Fields, manager of communications at the University of Alabama School of Law.
The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal have announced the 2015 call for entries for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The prize is awarded annually to a published work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Only works published in 2014 qualify. The deadline for entries is March 31.
Five years ago, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird and to honor former Alabama law student and author Harper Lee, the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal partnered to award the first Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Past winners were: The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly, Havana Requiem by Paul Goldstein and Sycamore Row by John Grisham.
The 2015 prize will be awarded in Washington, D.C., on September 3, 2015, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The winner will receive a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.