Writing Contests

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BERNICE L. FOX CLASSICS WRITING CONTEST

Sponsored by the Department of Classics at Monmouth College

  • This contest is open to all Latin students
  • Cost: FREE
  • Theme: A Classical "Black Panther"
    • 2018's movie version of the long-running Marvel Comic series Black Panther presents a multi-faceted superhero story that is heavily engaged with issues of its day. Your task is to craft a story that has one or more figures from the classical world stepping outside of their comfortable home scenarios to use their particular skills to intervene in some situation in the contemporary world.
  • Awards: An award of $250.00 will be given to the author of the best entry written in English on the specified theme. Certificates of honorable mention will also be awarded.
  • Format and Details: See the contest flyer - PLEASE read carefully and follow all directions!
  • 50 point assignment for those who make an honest effort at writing an essay; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest

Deadline: Turn in essays printed out with a cover sheet to Mr. Keith by 2:30 PM, Monday, March 11, 2019 (date corrected).

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CAV CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

Sponsored by the Classical Association of Virginia

  • This contest is open to all Latin students
  • Cost: $2.00
  • Themes By Level:
    • Latin I (Division B for 9th-12th grade): Mama, life had just begun: Growing up in Ancient Rome
    • Latin II: So you think you can love me and leave me to die? The Story of Theseus and Ariadne
    • Latin III: Open your eyes/ Look up to the skies and see: Use of Augury in Roman Religion
    • Advanced Latin (Judged separately from Latin III):
      • History: Mama mia, mama mia, let me go: Nero's relationship with Agrippina
      • Vergil: I see a little silhouetto of a man: Marcellus in the Underworld'
      • Poetry: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Women in Ovid's Pygmalion
  • Awards: First Place, Second Place, Third Place medals and certificates, and Honorable Mention certificates on each level
  • Format and Details: CAV Classical Essay Contest -- PLEASE read carefully and follow all directions!
  • 50 point assignment for those who make an honest effort at writing an essay; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest

Deadline: Turn in essays printed out with a cover sheet along with the $2.00 fee to Mr. Keith by 2:30 PM, Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

CAV LATIN ESSAY CONTEST

Sponsored by the Classical Association of Virginia

  • This contest is open to all Latin students
  • Cost: FREE
  • Themes by Level (written in Latin):
    • First Year Latin: De bello Punico secundo (100-200 words)
    • Second Year Latin: De cultu Iunonis apud Romanos (150-250 words)
    • Advanced Latin: De Medea filia et sorore (200-300 words)
  • Awards: First Place, Second Place, Third Place medals and certificates, and Honorable Mention certificates on each level
  • Format and Details: CAV Latin Essay Contest -- PLEASE read carefully and follow all directions! NOTE: The work and translation must be the work of the student: the use of Google Translate and other "translation" programs is not permitted.
  • 50 point assignment for those who make an honest effort at writing an essay; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest

Deadline: Turn in essays printed out with a cover sheet to Mr. Keith by 2:30 PM, Friday, March 29, 2019.

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41st ANNUAL NJCL CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST

Sponsored by the National Junior Classical League

  • This contest is open to Latin Club members only
  • Theme: Classical Dinner Party! Using your knowledge of Classical dinner parties (from either historical texts or Classical literature), create a story that includes guests from Classical mythology or history! Feel free to mix mythological guests with historical guests: Julius Caesar and Zeus jointly host a dinner party! Tarpeia invites Eris and other troublemakers over for afternoon tea!
  • Cost: FREE
  • Format and Details: NJCL Contest Flyer and Directions for Students- PLEASE read carefully and follow all directions!
  • 40 point assignment for those who make an honest effort at writing an essay; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest

Deadline: Turn in essays electronically as a Word document to Mr. Keith by Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

ETA SIGMA PHI CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

Sponsored by the Beta Nu Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi at the University of Mary Washington

  • This contest is open to Latin students attending Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Fredericksburg schools, or whose teacher is a member of the Fredericksburg Area Latin Teachers’ Association (FALTA).
  • Cost: FREE
  • Theme: Horace, Odes 4.8.28-29, wrote Dignum laude virum Musa vetat mori, caelo Musa beat. "The Muse forbids that the hero worthy of praise die; the Muse makes him happy in heaven." Who is a praise-worthy hero to you, and why?
  • Awards: Books of a classical nature and Eta Sigma Phi bronze and silver medals will be awarded to winners at each level. Those deserving honorable mention will receive a certificate of commendation.
  • Format and Details: 2019 Eta Sigma Phi Essay Contest Flyer | 2019 Eta Sigma Phi Essay Cover Sheet
    • There are two levels of competition: the “junior level” for students in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, and the “senior level” for students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
    • The essays are to be 2-3 pages in length (approximately 750 words). They may be either typed (double-spaced) or handwritten (alternating lines). Each essay will need a cover sheet containing the following information: the name of the student; his/her grade level; the Latin teacher’s name and e-mail address; and the name and address of the school. (A template for the cover sheet is attached to this e-mail message, as is a flyer for the essay contest.) The student/teacher/school should not be identified on the essay itself.
    • The student may consult books and other reference tools, but not people, in writing the essay.
    • The essays will be judged in the first half of April and results returned to schools soon thereafter.
    • 50 point assignment for those who make an honest effort at writing an essay; significantly more points available for those who place in the contest

Deadline: Turn in essays printed out with a cover sheet to Mr. Keith by 2:30 PM, Tuesday, March 26, 2019.