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Essay competitions

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

Essay Competitions 2018

Questions for this year's competitions are below.  If you have any questions relating to the competitions please contact us on

Ancient World/Classics 



Land Economy

Russian Studies 

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! You can either attach your essay as a PDF document to the online form or submit it by post either as a word or PDF document (it is not necessary to send an electronic copy and a hard copy). The deadline for submission is 1 May 2018.

Online Form

Competition rules

The Essay Competitions are for Lower Sixth Formers or equivalent only. 

Submitted essays must be typed in English, and every page must be numbered and 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.  

Prizes and certificates for competitions will be awarded at prize-giving ceremonies here at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge during the University Open Days in July 2018.

First prize is £200. Runners-up will be awarded a certificate and £25 book voucher. 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.

Winners of previous essay competitions:

Essay winners

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