The Latin Programme Writing Challenge

The deadline for this has been extended to the end of May.

Time to pick up your stilus and start scratching your papyrus!

From TLP…

We have decided to keep our writing competition open until May 31st in order to give pupils studying at home some extra time to complete their entries.

Whether you’re a parent, guardian, teacher or friend of a Key Stage 2 child with an interest in writing – please do encourage them to enter this open-to-all competition. 

The rules: write a piece of prose or a poem of 500 words or fewer, using the Latin phrase “tabula rasa” as a starting point. 

The judges: this year, the winners will be chosen by children’s author Caroline Lawrence (The Roman Mysteries, The Time Travel Diaries) and YA author Alexandra Shepard (Oh My Gods).

The prizes: the winner will receive £100 of book tokens, and an invitation to to read their piece at our Latin Programme Gala in June, and two runners-up will be awarded £25 in book tokens. 

How to enter: all the students need to do to enter is fill in the entry sheet here with their name, year group, school and their piece and send it to Please send all entries by April 24th 2020. 

Here’s what last year’s judge, Stephen Fry, had to say about the entries: “I was bowled over by the talent on show which made judging a wonderfully exhilarating hardship.  Congratulations to all the entrants and the winners — Verba volant, scripta manent!”