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DEADLINE: Classics Short Story Competition 2019 with the University of Kent

4 April 2019 - 5 April 2019

Here is all the information you need to know about the University of Kent’s Short Story Competition for this year… 2019 Short Story Competition for UK Schools and Colleges (Years 7 to 13) The competition this year has been shaped by the exciting research being undertaken in the “Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt” project. The project brings artefacts from the past back to life – and they’re inviting you to do the same through the power of your story telling. Entrants are invited to write a short story inspired by one of the artefacts featured on the project’s blog: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/egypt-artefacts/
Why not get further inspiration by going to see the project’s free exhibition ‘Sounds of Roman Egypt’ at the Petrie Museum, London? (opens 22nd January 2019): https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/whats-on/sounds-roman-egypt 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, Two runners-up £25 Download an entry form from: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/clas/2019/01/17/schools-competition-2019/ Advice for entrants
  1. Look at theproject’s blog https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/egypt-artefacts/ and decide on an artefact as the inspiration for your story.
  2. Watch these animations  ‘A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome’  ‘Four Sisters in Ancient Rome’ and ‘A Day in the Life of a Roman Client’ to get ideas about how research about the Roman world can be packed into a short story.
  3. Think about who, what, where, when, and why for your chosen artefact (what was life like in the place that it was from?). You should also make your story about it as vivid as possible by thinking about touch, smell, sight, taste and sounds.
  1. An entry form must be completed – you can download one from here: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/clas/2019/01/17/schools-competition-2019/
  2. Length – no more than 1000 words.
  3. Subject matter – a story about one of the artefacts in the Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/egypt-artefacts/
  4. The text of the script needs to be double-spaced and in a font larger than Arial 11.
  5. The text of the script must be written in English.
  6. Entrants need to be attending a school/college in the United Kingdom – Years 7 to 13.  Students in Higher Education (e.g. Universities) may not enter the competition.
  7. Submission must be made by email to classicscripts@kent.ac.uk on a completed entry form that has been signed by a member of staff at your school or college.
  8. All scripts must be received by 6pm on 5 April 2019.
Judging Process The prize-winning scripts will be judged in relation to their accuracy, originality and vividness by University of Kent staff from the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies. Queries may be sent to classicscripts@kent.ac.uk
University of Kent Department of Classical &Archaeological Studies Short Story Competition for Schools Entry Form 2019
Name of Script-Writer/Entrant
School of Script-Writer
Address of School
Story (no more than 1000 words)
Confirmation of Authorship: I confirm that the story above is my own work based on my own original ideas (with the proviso that advice has been given by teachers and friends verbally or in writing). Signed:
Sign-off by school/college staff member
I confirm that the entrant named above is a member of the school named above
Name and position held (please print)
Signature of staff member
Email address of staff member/school
We look forward to receiving your story submitted on this completed entry form to classicscripts@kent.ac.uk  by 6pm on Friday 5th April 2019. Good luck!


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