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






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

All entries must be electronic - not handwritten with a maximum of 250 words.

Only one entry allowed per student.

Entries are limited to 5 per level/category per school. 

Each entry will be graded against like level and categories (i.e. novice poems v. novice poem; advanced comics v. advanced comics).

Submissions must 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.

Due to the lack of nuance provided by online sources, like Google Translate or William Whitaker's Words, students are not permitted to use; print dictionaries are encouraged, as well as the use of this site:

Teachers are asked to check entries for plagiarism before submitting. 

Submissions that fail to comply with the rules will be disqualified.


Questions? Please contact Andrew Carroll



Registration Opens: February 1

Submissions Due: March 18 


School: $15.00 

Each Entry (limit of 5): $5.00



  • I can write a simple sentence (SDOV)
  • I can write in present tense
  • I can use common phrases
  • I can use a prepositional phrase


I can do all of the elementary plus the following:

  • I can describe what is happening in a picture
  • I can use adjectives in a sentence
  • I can use words to describe time and space


I can do all of the elementary and exploratory plus the following:

  • I can write a simple 5 sentence paragraph
  • I can express my own ideas in a Latin sentence


I can do all of the elementary and exploratory and Introductory plus the following:

  • I can use express my ideas using different time frames
  • I can express my ideas using a variety of different sentence structures


I can do all of the elementary, exploratory, introductory, and intermediate plus the following:

  • I can start to express opinions and other subjective ideas
  • I can anticipate actions in the story


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.