Student Writing Competition in ADR

Recognizing scholarly work in Undergraduate, Graduate and Legal degree programs.


Each year, the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (ACR-GNY) hosts a student writing competition in ADR. The competition is organized in conjunction with our Annual Conference, which is held every June in New York City. The conference is a full-day event of presentations, trainings and workshops led by distinguished practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict resolution. 



Winners of the writing competition are invited to present their work at the the 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Conference, which is being held on June 18, 2015 at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.  


Papers will be considered in one of three categories based upon the degree program of the author (Undergraduate, Graduate or Law) and a first place winner from each category will be recognized.


Prizes for 1st place papers:          

Free admission to the conference for the author
An invitation for the author to present the paper at the conference
Publication of the paper on the ACR-GNY website
One year membership to ACR-GNY



Additional papers may also be selected for recognition.

Please review the Competition Guidelines for submission and eligibility requirements.

Please direct any inquiries to Brian Farkas at

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The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of conflict resolution among students throughout North America and to enrich the ADR community with the energy and talent of those doing scholarly research at various academic levels.


There is no specific topic for this year's competition. Nevertheless, papers should meaningfully speak to issues and topics arising in the field of conflict resolution. 


Essays are limited to 10-20 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.


The ACR-GNY Writing Competition is open to all students of higher education attending school in North America during the academic year of 2013/2014. Contestants shall be considered in one of the following categories:

Undergraduate -- For contestants who are currently matriculated and working towards an Associates or Bachelors degree.

Graduate -- For contestants who are currently enrolled in a non-legal Masters or Doctorate degree. Program.

Law -- For contestants who are currently enrolled in law school.

To be eligible for the competition students must either (1) be enrolled in a school in Canada, United States, or Mexico, or (2) have a permanent residence in Canada, United States, or Mexico.


A first place prize may be awarded for the best paper within each category. Each first place prize winner shall receive $500, free admission to the 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference, an invitation to present their paper at the 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference, and a one year membership to ACR-GNY. Additionally, winning papers will be posted on the ACR-GNY website.

Additional entries may also be recognized for Honorable Mention. Authors of papers selected for Honorable Mention will receive free admission to the 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference and a one year membership to ACR-GNY. Additionally, papers selected for Honorable Mention will be posted on the ACR-GNY website.


Each entry must contain only the uncollaborated original work of a single individual and the ideas and work reflected by each entry must be the author’s own. All entries will be reviewed for plagiarism.

No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered. Papers written for scholarly classes are permitted as long as they have not been published.


Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

Significance of the topic

Originality and creativity

Quality of analysis

Quality of writing


The entries will be judged anonymously by selected members of the ACR-GNY. The ACR-GNY Writing Competition Committee will notify the winner(s) of their selection. The ACR-GNY reserves the right not to award any prizes if it is determined that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Entry Information and Procedures

The entry should be submitted to the ACR-GNY Writing Competition Committee ( in a Microsoft Word format. Additionally, the following information MUST accompany each submission:

Student's Name


Expected Graduation date

Faculty Advisor(s)

Permanent Street Address

Email Address

Phone number


The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as school name are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry. Neither the contestant’s identity nor his/her academic institution will be known to the ACR-GNY members doing the judging.

Each entrant may submit only one essay in the ACR-GNY Writing Competition in 2014.

Entry Deadline

Entries for the competition must be submitted by Saturday, May 16, 2015. 

Click here to see last year's competition results.

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