Language Competitions

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

French Flash Fiction Competition

Submissions to our annual French Flash Fiction competition for secondary school students have now closed.  

The results of the competition can be found on our blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf where the winning entries will also be published very soon. 

Our French Flash Fiction competition will run again next year, with submission portals opening in December 2022. 

 

OGN German Olympiad

Submissions to the Oxford German Olympiad have now closed. 
 

The topic for the 2022 Oxford German Olympiad, hosted by the Oxford German Network (OGN), was ‘Der Rhein’. This is a topic that explores cultural, geographical and historical dimensions of Germany’s second largest river. There is also a nice prehistoric link to Oxford: a long time ago, the Rhine and the Thames used to be connected! 

 

The Olympiad provides a whole range of opportunities for school pupils from Years 5 and 6 right through to A level to create an entry inspired by the theme. Please see the OGN website for more details. 

 

OGN German Classic Essay Prize

The German Classic Essay Prize is now open for entries! 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.

This year, the Oxford German Network would like to invite you to read with us Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s captivating story Die Judenbuche published in 1842. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, often called Droste by friends and family, was one of the most influential German-speaking female authors of the 19th century. Her work Die Judenbuche is sometimes considered to be the first murder mystery, containing elements of a crime thriller and gothic novel. 

For more information about the competition and for all details about eligibility, study packs, essay questions, submission, judging criteria, and more, see here.

The deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday 14th September 2022. Winners will receive the following: 1st Prize: £500 | 2nd Prize: £300 | 3rd Prize: £100. 

If you have any questions, please email the Prize Coordinator, Natascha, at germanclassic@mod-langs.ox.ac.ukWe encourage all students interested in entering the competition to email their UK correspondence address to Natasha by 12 noon on 25 June to receive a free study pack. 

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German Classic Conference — Tuesday 21 June 2022
In addition to the Classic Prize, the Oxford German Network are delighted to announce the launch of the first German Classic Conference for Year 12 students on the topic of Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. This half-day conference will take place at Jesus College, Oxford and will provide insights into the text, its key themes and translations in brief lectures and undergraduate-led discussions. Further information can be found here. We are looking forward to exploring this German Classic with you!
 

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

Submissions to our annual Spanish Flash Fiction competition for secondary school students have now closed.  

The results of the competition can be found on our blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf where the winning entries will also be published very soon. 

Our Spanish Flash Fiction competition will run again next year, with submission portals opening in December 2022. 

 

Dante 700 Competition

The University of Oxford is delighted to launch the Dante 700 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 aims to introduce Dante and his work to students of all ages in a fun and engaging way.

Students and parents can browse the resources for themselves, or teachers can use the lesson resources available to introduce the Italian poet to their class. Students can enter a written piece or an artistic response to any of the categories included in the resource packs or they can enter an ‘open response’ which of course must be clearly linked to Dante’s work. Winning entries will be included in an online anthology and will win book tokens. Click here for further information and resources. 

Please note that submissions to the Dante 700 Competition closed on 29th April 2022. 

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