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 is allowed per student.

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

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

Due to the lack of nuance provided by online sources (ex: William Whitaker's Words,, students are not permitted to use online dictionaries; print dictionaries are encouraged. If an online dictionary must be used, is recommended.

Teachers are asked to check entries for plagiarism before submitting. 

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

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.

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Registration Opens: March 15
Submissions Due: April 15


School fee: $15.00 
Fee per entry: $5.00


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