Language Competitions

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

French Flash Fiction Competition

The 2020 French Flash Fiction competition for schools is now open. You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in French. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students 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 a number of runners up. If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting is noon on Tuesday 31 March 2020. 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.

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 2020 Spanish Flash Fiction competition for schools is now open. You are invited to submit a short story of 100 words or fewer on a topic of your choosing. The story should be written in Spanish. There are two categories of entry: one for students in Years 7-11, and another for students in Years 12-13. Entries will be judged on imagination and narrative flair, as well as linguistic ability. Your use of Spanish 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 a number of runners up. If you have any questions, please email us at schools.liaison@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submitting is noon on Tuesday 31 March 2020. 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.

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