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Competitions for Ancient World/Classics Essays and Veterinary Medicine Posters

Following the success of the first essay competition for Lower Sixth Formers in 2009, and thanks to an anonymous donation, the College now runs annual competitions. This year's competitions are in Ancient World & Classics essays and a poster competition for Veterinary Medicine.

Competition 2013-2014

Below are the questions for this year's Competitions.


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 Ancient World essay as a PDF document or by post; you will need to send your Veterinary Medicine poster by post, as we cannot accept PDFs or online documents for this competition.

Online Submission Form


Results 2012-2013

The deadline has now passed for the 2013 Competitions. Below you can find reports from last year's competitions, including lists of winners, written by the Directors of Studies. 

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 or on a separate sheet for poster competitions. 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 ceremony here at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

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.

The closing date for the competitions is Friday 28 February 2014 for essay Competitions and Monday 3 March 2014 for poster competitions.

Previous competitions

Below are the archives of past essay and poster competitions, including the winners for each year. Past question highlights challenged talented and ambitious Lower Sixth Form students to tackle topics such as the true purpose of 'Boris Bikes', the nature of musical genius, and the cultural influence of Egypt on Ancient Greece.