Writing Contests

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BERNICE L. FOX CLASSICS WRITING CONTEST (The deadline for this contest has passed.)

Sponsored by the Department of Classics at Monmouth College

  • This contest is open to all Latin students
  • Cost: FREE
  • Theme: The Trial of Aeneas: Imagine that Aeneas is on trial for abandonment of Dido of Carthage in a modern American courtroom. Give your closing remarks to the jury as either the prosecutor or defense attorney. The entry may be an essay, short story, play, poem, or any original literary work.
  • 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: contest website - 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 to Mr. Keith by Friday, March 11, 2016.

CAV CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST (The deadline for this contest has passed.)

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): Vitae puellarum feminarumque Romanarum
    • Latin II: Travel in the ancient Roman World
    • Latin III: Clementia Caesaris: Was Caesar's moderation with political enemies his ultimate undoing?
    • Advanced Latin (Judged separately from Latin III)
      • History: Clementia Caesaris: Was Caesar's moderation with political enemies his ultimate undoing?
      • Vergil: Extemplo ingemit et volvens oculos stetit acer; spem vultu simulat; lacrimae volvuntur inanes: Discuss the range of emotions of our hero in the Aeneid.
      • Poetry: De gemino viconos corpore truncos: The nature of love in Ovid's tale of Baucis and Philemon.
  • Awards: First Place, Second Place, Third Place medals and certificates, and Honorable Mention certificates on each level
  • Format and Details: CAV contest flyer - 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 printed out with a cover sheet along with the $2.00 fee to Mr. Keith by Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

EIDOLON ESSAY CONTEST (The deadline for this contest has passed.)

High School Latin Students -- Tell us why Classics is important and win a trip to Rome!

Sponsored by the Paideia Institute

N.B. The prize for the winning essay is a full scholarship to attend the Paideia Institute's Living Latin in Rome High School Program this summer, June 26-July 12, 2016. The program is designed for rising or graduating seniors, but exceptional rising juniors are encouraged to apply.

Take a look at the flyer for specific information about the contest.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

ETA SIGMA PHI CLASSICAL ESSAY CONTEST

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 (The deadline for this contest has passed.)

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.

CAV LATIN ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: Turn in essays to Mr. Keith by Friday, March 27

  • This contest is open to all Latin students
  • Cost: FREE
  • Themes by Level (written in Latin):
    • First Year Latin: De servis et dominis Romae (100-200 words)
    • Second Year Latin: De ira Iunonis reginae deorum (150-250 words)
    • Advanced Latin: Quomodo et qua ratione M. Tullius Cicero necatus sit (200-300 words)
  • Awards: First, second, third places and honorable mention will be made for each level.
  • Format and Details (contest website - 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.
  • 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