12th Edition Art Contest

The editorial board of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual (“the JLM”) is currently seeking submissions for a cover-art contest. One illustration will be selected for the cover of the upcoming 12th Edition of the JLM, which we will publish in October 2020.

The JLM is a book containing basic self-help litigation information, including information on conducting legal research, seeking legal representation, choosing a court, and filing a lawsuit. The main JLM also contains specific chapters on habeas corpus, parole, DNA, the Prison Litigation Reform Act, religious freedom in prison, infectious diseases, and more.


Illustrations submitted to the contest should be:

1. In black and white.

2. No larger than 8” x 11”

3. Related to the contents of the JLM (drawing on themes such as justice/injustice, incarceration, legal research, pro se litigation, habeas corpus, etc.)


The winner will receive a cash prize of $500 and a copy of the 12th Edition of the JLM.

Three runners-up will receive a copy of the 12th Edition of the JLM.

We are grateful for the generous support of Columbia OutLaws, which helped make these prizes possible.


In order to be considered, submissions must be received no later than September 24, 2020.


All submissions should include your full name and address. You can submit your art by mail or e-mail.

Please mail your submission to:

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual

Attn: Hanna Lauritzen, JLM Cover Art Contest

1525 Miramonte Ave #3249

Los Altos, CA 94024

You may also email your art to JLM.board.mail@gmail.com. Please write “Art Contest” in the subject.

*If you are currently incarcerated, please note that all prizes are subject to the rules of your particular institution. If prison policy prohibits you from receiving an individual prize, we will contact you and attempt to honor your work in some other way.

**All submitted artwork becomes the property of the JLM. This means that it will not be returned to you and that the JLM retains the right to use it in future publications. We will attempt to contact you before using your artwork.