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French Flash Fiction Competition

 

OGN German Olympiad

 

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

 

Dante 700 Competition

 

We run annual competitions in French, German, and Spanish (detailed below).
 

French Flash Fiction Competition

Our annual French Flash Fiction competition invites secondary school students learning French to send us a *very* short story written in French to be in with a chance of winning up to £100. We’re looking for a complete story using no more than 100 words.

Our panel of academic judges assess stories on their imagination and narrative flair, as well as linguistic accuracy. Your use of French is considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we don't expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a maximum of two runners up. Please note that the submission deadline has now passed and the 2024 competition is now closed.

Results and winning stories will be published on our blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf in mid- to late-May. Last year's winning entries can be read here.

If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
 

OGN German Olympiad

The topic for this year's Oxford German Olympiad, hosted by the Oxford German Network (OGN), is Kafkaesque Kreatures

 

The Olympiad invites school pupils from Years 5 and 6 to A-level to create and submit an entry inspired by the theme through a wide variety of creative tasks. Please see the OGN website for more details and guidance about the competition. 

 

Closing date for all entries is Thursday, 7 March 2024 at 12 noon. Results will be announced in June 2024. Winners will be contacted by email.

 

OGN German Classic Essay Prize

This competition, hosted by the Oxford German Network, celebrates a different 'German Classic' each year by inviting sixth formers to write an essay inspired by their reading of the chosen text.

In 2023, the Oxford German Network invited students to read  Franz Kafka’s Der Heizer (1912/13). It is the first chapter of the unfinished novel Der Verschollene (‘The Man Who Disappeared’), narrating the beginning of the story about 17-year-old Karl Rossmann. The story addresses themes including family and friendship, migration, identity and encounters with the foreign, be it a person of a different nationality, social status or gender. It is a story about growing up, finding one’s way in a foreign land, and personal (in)stability.

Winning entries will be announced in October 2023. For more information about the competition, click here.

If you have any questions, please email the Prize Coordinator, at germanclassic@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
 

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

Our annual Spanish Flash Fiction competition invites secondary school students learning Spanish to send us a *very* short story to be in with a chance of winning up to £100. We look for a complete story, using no more than 100 words.

Our panel of academic judges assess stories on their imagination and narrative flair, as well as linguistic accuracy. Your use of Spanish is considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we don't expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges award a top prize of £100 in each category, as well as prizes of £25 to a maximum of two runners up. Please note that the submission deadline has now passed and the 2024 competition is now closed.

Results and winning stories will be published on our blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf in mid- to late-May. Last year's winning entries can be read here.

If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk
 

Dante 700 Competition

In December 2021, the Sub-Faculty of Italian here at Oxford launched a new competition - the Dante700 Competition - in celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. Many students in the UK may never have heard of Dante or his most famous poem The Comedy. The competition aimed to introduce Dante and his work to students of all ages in a fun and engaging way.

Submissions closed in April 2022, and we received over 50 entries to the competition across the different themes and age categories. Our judges were extremely impressed with the hard work and creativity that went into every entry. The final list of winners and a virtual anthology containing their wonderfully creative submissions has been published on our blog here

The competition's resources are still freely accessible to pupils, parents/guardians, and teachers here