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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 2015-16

Please note that the 2015-16 competition has now taken place.  Questions for the 2016-17 competitions will be available in early 2017.

Below are the questions for this year's Ancient World/Classics competition:

Ancient World/Classics essay competition questions 2016

Land Economy essay competition questions 2016

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.

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 College Open Day on 22 April.

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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