Language Competitions

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

French Flash Fiction Competition

Our annual French flash fiction competition is now open for entries. Pupils are invited to submit a short story in French of no more than 100 words, on a topic of their choosing. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11 and another for those in Years 12-13.

Entries will be judged on imagination and narrative flair, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category as well as prizes of £25 to runners up. If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Submit your entry online here. Please read the submission instructions carefully as you may need to click a link in a verification email if this is the first time you are entering one of our competitions.

Please note that students must enter the competition themselves: teachers cannot enter on their students’ behalf for reasons of GDPR compliance.

You can read the winning entries to last year’s French flash fiction competition here.

OGN German Olympiad

The topic for the 2021 Oxford German Olympiad, hosted by the Oxford German Network (OGN), is ‘Die Alpen’, and there is 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. The competition closing date is Thursday 11 March 2021. Please see the OGN website for more details.

OGN German Classic Essay Prize

The German Classic Essay Prize celebrates a different ‘German Classic’ each year. The format for the 2020 edition of ‘A German Classic’ was a little different from previous years. To read more about this, and the 2020 set text, Thomas Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig, click here.

The next edition will be advertised in Spring of 2021 on the OGN website.

 

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

Our annual French flash fiction competition is now open for entries. Pupils are invited to submit a short story in French of no more than 100 words, on a topic of their choosing. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11 and another for those in Years 12-13.

Entries will be judged on imagination and narrative flair, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of French will be considered in the context of your age and year group: in other words, we will not expect younger pupils to compete against older pupils linguistically. The judges will award a top prize of £100 in each category as well as prizes of £25 to runners up. If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Submit your entry online here. Please read the submission instructions carefully as you may need to click a link in a verification email if this is the first time you are entering one of our competitions.

Please note that students must enter the competition themselves: teachers cannot enter on their students’ behalf for reasons of GDPR compliance.

You can read the winning entries to last year’s Spanish flash fiction competition here.

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