The Classical Association of Victoria will award a prize for the best essay (1,000 – 2,000 words) written by a 3rd-year undergraduate student between July 2018 and June 2019, studying Classics, Ancient History, Ancient World Studies or Archaeology at a tertiary institution in Victoria (i.e. the University of Melbourne, Monash University and La Trobe University). The prize is $100 and the publication of the essay in the Classical Association of Victoria’s journal, Iris. Deadline for applications is 31 July, 2019.
An award ceremony will be made on 23 October, 2019 at the Allen Memorial lecture at Ormond College (Parkville). The 2018 winners were John Henry (Monash University) and Dana Riley (University of Melbourne).
If you have students whose essays are/were of high calibre, please forward this information to them and encourage them to submit an entry for this prize!
Guidelines and Rules
- Candidates must be students who are/were enrolled at a university in Victoria, in a 3rd-year-level unit/subject that studies Classics or Ancient World Studies (loosely defined as the language, literature, reception, history, archaeology or philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Near East, the Bronze Age, late antiquity and the Byzantine period).
- The essay should have begun its life as a piece of assessment for the 3rd-year unit/subject, between July 2018 and June 2019 (i.e. semester 2, 2018; summer & semester 1, 2019) but it can be re-written, expanded and refined before submission for this prize.
- The length of the essay should be 1,000 – 2,000 words; this word count does not include footnotes or bibliography. The essay should be an independent piece of work and properly referenced. Any illustrations must include references to how the illustrations were sourced.
- Students may be enrolled as undergraduates, graduate coursework students or community-access students.
- There is a limit of one entry per candidate.
- Candidates are requested to submit their entry as an email attachment (.docx or .pdf preferred), typed and double-spaced. The candidate’s name should not appear on the entry itself, since entries will be judged anonymously. Candidates can submit their name and contact details in the email to which they attach their entry.
- Students should submit entries to email@example.com by 31 July, 2019. All queries about the essay competition can also be directed to this email. The organizer of the 2019 prize is Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard, the Honorary Secretary of the Classical Association of Victoria.