Language Competitions

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

French Flash Fiction Competition

The 2019 French Flash Fiction competition has now closed. We received around 800 submissions and were overwhelmed by the imagination and flair demonstrated in the stories. Results and a selection of the winning entries are available to view on our blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf. The 2020 competition will open in December.

OGN German Olympiad

The 2020 Oxford German Olympiad is open for entries. The theme is ‘Natur und Technik’ (Nature and Technology). There are a range of tasks for learners of German from aged 9 to 18. There are also categories for language enthusiasts who are completely new to German, and an open competition for groups or classes. You can find details about the different tasks on the OGN website or download the full competition guidelines here. If you have any questions please email Eva, the coordinator, at olympiad@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The competition closes at noon on Friday 13th march 2020.

OGN German Classic Essay Prize

The German Classic Essay Prize celebrates a different ‘German Classic’ each year. The 2019 is year’s competition is now closed. The 2020 competition will launch in the spring. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

The 2019 French Flash Fiction competition has now closed. We received around 600 submissions which covered all sorts of topics, from butterflies to the apocalypse, from a love story between two monkeys, to a personification of war. Results and a selection of the winning entries are available to view on our blog, Adventures on the Bookshelf. The 2020 competition will open in December.

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