Language Competitions

In addition to annual competitions in French, German, and Spanish (detailed below) we are running a very special competition in 2019, in connection with the exhibition ‘Babel: Adventures in Translation’, at the Weston Library. This competition, run by the Creative Multilingualism Programme, aims to encourage creativity in the act of translation. There are three tasks to choose from: create a modern version of Cinderella; create a fable; or create a warning about a nuclear waste site. For more information, see here, and follow the links to the submission pages. The deadline for the translation competition is noon on 15th May 2019.

French Flash Fiction Competition

The 2019 French Flash Fiction competition has now closed. Results will be announced towards the end of the summer term.

 

OGN German Olympiad

 

The 2019 Oxford German Olympiad has now closed. It was on the theme of ‘Tiere und Monster’ (Animals and Monsters). Full details are available on the OGN website. The results will be announced in May. If you have any questions please email Elise, the coordinator, at ogn@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk

OGN German Classic Essay Prize

The German Classic Essay Prize celebrates a different ‘German Classic’ each year. This year we would like to invite you to read with us E.T.A. Hoffmann’s ‘Der Sandmann’ (1816) – one of the most captivating short stories in German literature and a masterpiece of Gothic fiction. Hoffmann’s eerie and mysterious tale centres on a young, impressionable student called Nathanael, who becomes convinced that he is pursued by a shadowy figure called Coppelius. Filled with Doppelgänger, mechanical dolls, alchemistic experiments, inexplicable fires, uncanny optical toys, and misaddressed letters, ‘Der Sandmann’ explores the power of the imagination as it erupts into a dark obsession.

We have put together a free study pack, including a set of multimedia materials, that will help you delve into this fascinating text. We will guide you through topics ranging from the best party tricks around 1800 to Sigmund Freud’s revolutionary theories about the human psyche to a cult film made in 1950s Britain which testifies to the enduring cultural appeal of Hoffmann’s stories. For access to these resources and more information about eligibility, essay questions, submission, judging criteria, and more, see here. The deadline is 12 noon on Monday, 2nd September 2019.

Spanish Flash Fiction Competition

The 2019 French Flash Fiction competition has now closed. Results will be announced towards the end of the summer term.

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