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Essay competitions

Fitzwilliam runs annual essay competitions in Ancient World/Classics and Land Economy, allowing talented students to explore interests in these subjects beyond the school curriculum.  

Competition 2017

Below are the questions for this year's essay competitions:

Ancient World/Classics essay competition questions 2017

Land Economy essay competition questions 2017


Submission of essays

Please complete the online submission form below with your personal details. Both competitions require you to complete this form - otherwise we have no way of contacting you if you win! In addition to the submission form you will need to send your essay as a PDF document or by post (it is not necessary to send an electronic copy and a hard copy).  The deadline for submission is Monday 1st May 2017.

Online Submission Form



Competition rules

Submitted essays must be typed in English, and every page should be marked with the entrant's name. All entrants must cite sources and secondary literature and provide a list of references at the end of the essay. You will be asked to supply your school or teacher's email address in order to allow the College to verify that the essay submitted is your own work.

Prizes and certificates for competitions will be awarded at a prize-giving ceremonies here at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge during the University Open Days in July.

The prize fund is £300. Certificates of merit may be awarded to runners-up who have impressed the judges. The judges reserve the right not to award prizes if there is no entry of sufficient merit.


Previous competitions

Below are the winners of previous essay competitions:

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