Dictum Society

Leo Cussen Writing Competition

Would you like to win $100?

Dictum Society would like to warmly invite you all to part take in the Leo Cussen Writing Competition. The Leo Cussen Writing Competition has officially commenced after the release of the first issue of The Obiter. Each issue will contain a topic sentence which students must touch upon in their submissions. There will be one winner per issue, chosen by Dictum Society’s Publications Committee. Each winner will win a $100 prize. To win, all you have to do is creatively interpret the discussion topic.

Leo Cussen Writing Competition Discussion Topic for Issue 3 of The Obiter:

"Can watching crime and law related TV shows and movies influence your law studies, or does studying law influence the way you perceive such TV shows and movies?"


  1. The deadline for submission is 1 July 2017, 11:59 PM;
  2. Email your submission to publications@dictumsocietyvu.com;
  3. Provide your name, student number, mobile number, course, year of study and campus;
  4. Submissions must be in English and must be unpublished (anything online, including a personal blog will be considered published);
  5. Word Documents or easily editable formats will be accepted;
  6. Your submission must be electronic. Hard copies will not be accepted;
  7. Maximum 2 pages in length.

Eligibility to Enter:

  1. You must be a VU student;
  2. You work must be submitted by the due date and on time. Late submissions will not be accepted;
  3. Your submission must contain all the correct details required (e.g. your name, student number etc.);
  4. Multiple submissions per person is prohibited.


  1. Your work will be checked for plagiarism;
  2. If you are found plagiarising, your submission will be disqualified and you will not be eligible to submit future submissions.

How submissions will be critiqued:

Your work will be assessed for creativity, grammar, spelling, punctuation and originality.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Participants must warrant their submission is their complete original work and that they have full authority to enter the submission in their name;
  2. Students give permission for their work to be published in the next issue if their work is chosen for first place.

Previous Winners:

  • The Obiter Issue 2: Trent Williams