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Essay competitions

Fitzwilliam runs essay competitions in Ancient World/Classics, Land Economy, Russian Studies and Architecture, allowing talented students to explore interests in these subjects beyond the school curriculum.  

Competition 2017

Below are the questions for this year's competitions:

Ancient World/Classics essay competitions 2017

Land Economy essay competition questions 2017

Russian essay competition questions 2017

Architecture competition instructions 2017

Fitzwilliam College Plan for Architecture Competition (pdf)

Submission of entries

Please complete the online submission form below with your personal details. All competitions require you to complete this form - otherwise we have no way of contacting you if you win! In addition to the submission form you will need to send your essay as a PDF document or by post (it is not necessary to send an electronic copy and a hard copy). The deadline for submission is 1 May 2017 for Ancient World, Land Economy and Russian Studies. The deadline for Architecture is 1 June 2017.

Online Submission Form


Apologies for the delay to all candidates who are waiting to find out their results. This is a result of the College undertaking large preparations for its Open Day next Thursday and Friday (6th and 7th of July). We have begun to email these out and everyone will be notified of their result by Friday 30 June 2017. All candidates - whether a prize-winner or not - will receive an outcome. Thank you for your patience.  

Competition rules

Submitted essays must be typed in English, and every page should be marked with the entrant's name. All entrants must cite sources and secondary literature and provide a list of references at the end of the essay.  Please ensure that pages are numbered and that your full name is on each page.

Prizes and certificates for competitions will be awarded at a prize-giving ceremonies here at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge during the University Open Days in July.

The prize fund is £300. Certificates of merit may be awarded to runners-up who have impressed the judges. The judges reserve the right not to award prizes if there is no entry of sufficient merit.

Previous competitions

Below are the winners of previous essay competitions:

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