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SCRIBO – A Latin Writing Contest

SCRIBO, an International Latin Composition Contest designed to — 

  • spur interest and excitement in using Latin for creative writing,
  • provide teachers with high quality materials in Latin that they can read in their classes, and
  • honor and recognize top work in Latin creative writing!

Entries: Original short stories, comics, and poems are accepted. Illustrations are encouraged but not required. Entries have a maximum of 1,000 words and a maximum of 10 pages. See our website for sample entries.

Eligibility and Levels: 
Students of Latin in any grade, from kindergarten through college, may participate. Entries will be sorted into the following levels, which are based on length of time studying Latin and content of the course: exploratory, lower, and upper.

Classroom Integration: SCRIBO is designed to be as flexible as possible for easy classroom integration. You could offer a contest, assignment, or project from which you could choose and submit the best entries. This could be open-ended, connected to a cultural unit, or connected to your text’s storyline! See our website for sample project ideas!

Benefits: Participation in SCRIBO has the following benefits —

  • high quality certificates for all participants
  • medals with ribbons for the top 20% of scorers
  • press release plus letter to the principal recognizing medal winners
  • free CD of the top entries, including multiple entries per level
  • ability to purchase full-color bound books of the collected top entries (plus inclusion in a raffle to win a free copy of this book)
  • knowledge that your school is supporting the mission of Ascanius to bring Latin and Classical Studies to our youngest scholars

Scoring: 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, quality of work, audience appeal. Entries in the running to be in the top 20% will be scored by at least one additional judge.

Cost: $5 per student (max of 25 students per school) plus a $20 school fee. Discounts for Title I schools, home schools, and teachers paying out of pocket.

Registration & Submission: Once you register for the contest, you may pay (online via PayPal or by mail) your registration fee. You may also submit your students’ entries (electronically, in PDF format) at that time. Note that your school must register, pay, and submit entries no later thanJanuary 15, 2012. Entries must be submitted within three days of registration. Results, awards, and CD’s should be in the mail by April 21, 2012!

Visit for samples of past entries, detailed rules, and to register!

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