Students may submit any original literary pieces in the following three categories:

short stories, poems, and comics

about the following theme:

Daily Life

Suggested Vocabulary

Rules

All entries must be electronic with a maximum of 250 words.

Only one entry is allowed per student.

Entries are limited to 5 per category per school. 

Each entry will be graded against the same category (i.e. novice poems v. novice poems; advanced comics v. advanced comics).

Due to the lack of nuance provided by online sources (ex: William Whitaker's Words, latdict.com), print dictionaries are encouraged. If an online dictionary must be used, https://www.latinitium.com/smithhall is recommended.

Teachers are asked to check entries for plagiarism before submitting. 

Submissions that fail to comply with the rules will be disqualified. Any English that appears in the Latin writing will be penalized more heavily than Latin grammatical mistakes. 

Poetry and prose submissions must make use of this template, which includes: a short author's explanation of the literary piece, the Latin composition, and an English translation that matches the Latin. For Poetry submissions, entries will not be held to typical classical standards, such as meter. 

Comic submissions must make use of this template, which includes: a short author's explanation of the literary piece, the Latin composition, and an English translation that matches the Latin. Comics can be hand illustrated or created online; if handwritten, writing must be legible and writing in pen in large letters. 

We recommend using Storyboardthat. Storyboardthat requires users to create an account. Once an account has been created, users can access a link to share their comic strip. In order to access the link, please click "view details" at the bottom of your comic. For more information on using Storyboardthat, please click here.

For Comic submissions, illustrations are encouraged but not required for all entries. If illustrations are not present, the grammar/creativity categories will be weighed more heavily. 

Questions? Please contact scribo@etclassics.org.

 

Follow this link to REGISTER

Registration Opens: March 15
Submissions Due: May 1

Entries will be submitted electronically through a google form; you may need use of a scanner or online Scanner app. We recommend CamScanner. For more info on that how to use that FREE app, please click here.

Cost

School fee: $15.00 
Fee per entry: $5.00

Scoring


All entries will be judged by Latin teachers and professors who have training in Latin composition and/or oral Latin, using the following categories: grammatical and syntactical accuracy, choice of vocabulary, adventurousness, quality of work, and audience appeal.

We encourage the students to write several drafts of their story. You may have students peer edit (preferred) BUT a  teacher may  NOT edit the work. Please remember this is a contest for the students and we want them to improve their Latin. We encourage the editors to not just give the students answers but allow them the chance to discover the correct answers for themselves

Awards are based upon the national average for the year's entries.

  • Summa cum laude certificate awarded to top scorers
  • Maxima cum laude certificate to second-place winners
  • Magna cum laude certificate to third-place winners
  • Cum laude certificate to fourth-place winners
  • The pieces and names of winners of Summa Cum laude will be published in PRIMA, the publication of the Excellence Through Classics Committee.
Samples of Submissions

Google Drive

*please not that the samples above are from a prior year; meaning that these samples do NOT fit the current guidelines