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.
The work must be:
• A published book-length work of fiction
• Published originally in 2016
• Readily available to readers via commercial sources (retail or online bookstores such as
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or iTunes)
• An electronically published work with an ISBN may be submitted but unpublished
manuscripts may not.
Please submit this original, signed form, along with 14 copies of the book (or for titles published
as e-books only, a digital file we may duplicate for the judges) to:
Harper Lee Prize
The University of Alabama School of Law
101 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
The deadline to receive entries is March 31, 2017. There is no entry fee.
After the entries close, a panel will review the entries and select three finalists,
to be announced in May 2017.
• The finalists will be submitted to the prize selection committee for judging.
• Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite among the
finalists on the ABA Journal website, and the winner of the public vote will be considered
during the prize selection process.
The winner will be honored at the 7th Annual Harper Lee Prize ceremony.
Previous winners are ineligible.
2011: John Grisham, The Confession
2012: Michael Connelly, The Fifth Witness
2013: Paul Goldstein, Havana Requiem
2014: John Grisham, Sycamore Row
2015: Deborah Johnson, The Secret of Magic
2016: Attica Locke, Pleasantville
Publisher and Author Agreement
By signing the entry form, the publisher and author of the entered work agree that:
• The title, author, and cover image of the book may be used in conjunction with Prize
• The entry may be listed on the ABA Journal website during the public voting process if
selected as a finalist.
• If chosen as a finalist, the author agrees to participate in a Harper Lee Prize podcast,
available via the ABA Journal website.
• The author will attend the Harper Lee Prize award ceremony.
The winner will be:
• Announced on the ABA Journal and Harper Lee Prize websites.
• Honored at the Harper Lee Prize award ceremony.
• Given a copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird signed by Harper Lee.
• Entitled to use the Harper Lee Prize logo on the cover of the winning book.
• Entitled to identify the book as the Prize winner in other promotional materials.
• An excerpt from the winning book may be published in the ABA Journal.
• The book may be sold on the ABABooks.com website if it is selected as a finalist or winner.
By publisher signature below, the author and publisher agree to these terms of entry.
Unsigned entries will not be considered.
For questions about the Harper Lee Prize, please contact Monique Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Deadline for entries: March 31, 2017