Writing Contests

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, Friday, March 11, 2019.

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  • Format and Details: CAV Classical Essay Contest (information currently out of date)-- PLEASE read carefully and follow all directions!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 (information currently out of date)-- 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.

ETA SIGMA PHI CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST (old info)

Sponsored by Beta Nu chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the classics honorary organization at the University of Mary Washington

  • This contest is open to all Latin students in the immediate Fredericksburg area.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Theme: Pliny the Elder said in his encyclopedic work Historia Naturalis (7.50.168), Natura vero nihil hominibus brevitate vitae praestitit melius. Do you agree with Pliny that nature truly has offered humans nothing better than the shortness of life? Why or why not?
  • Levels: 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade are "Junior Level" and 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are "Senior Level"
  • Awards: Books and Eta Sigma Phi medals will be given as prizes to winners at each level. Certificates of commendation will be presented for entries deserving honorable mention.
  • Contest flyer and cover sheet- 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 and cover sheets to Mr. Keith by the end of the school day on Tuesday, April 5.

38th ANNUAL NJCL CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST (old info)

Sponsored by the National Junior Classical League

  • This contest is open to Latin Club members only
  • Theme: Write a letter as a figure from classical history or mythology (You may also write as a figure from classical history to a mythological character and vice versa, write to an inanimate object, or write a letter to a figure's future or past self. Be creative!)
  • 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 24, 2016.