Lastowka Short-Form Writing Competition – SUBMISSIONS DUE 4/15/19

The Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law is pleased to announce the Lastowka Short-Form Writing Competition. Open to Rutgers students and recent graduates (class of 2018), the award will be given to an entry of 500-1,500 words on a topic of intellectual property or information policy more broadly.  

Professor Greg Lastowka (1968-2015) will be remembered for his inquiry into how people innovate, create, and produce cultural capital though playful exploration. His pathbreaking scholarship in the areas of copyright, trademark, cyberproperty, video games, and virtual worlds forged new fields and impacted multiple areas of IP and other law.

The Lastowka Writing Competition, accompanied by a $500 prize, will be awarded to a short piece in the form of a blog post or other related entry that addresses a cutting-edge issue and offers a new, interesting, and well-reasoned perspective on an area of IP or information policy. Entries should use blogpost formatting, including hyperlinks to legal sources, press, and other commentary in lieu of footnotes. Graphics and other visuals are encouraged. Qualifying entries will be posted on the RIIPL blog. Examples of student-written blogposts can be found on The 2018 winner was Matthew Yost, the 2017 winner was Anne Colrick, and the 2016 winner was Carl Minniti.

Entries should be sent by April 15, 2019 to