THE BERNICE L. FOX
CLASSICS WRITING CONTEST
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Topic for 2017
A Figure from Classical History, Literature, or
Mythology as the Next President of the United States
Make a pitch for a classical figure as president, or depict that person
acting as president or on the campaign trail.
The entry should make frequent, specific,
accurate, and appropriate references to Greek mythology and to modern events.
Papers will be judged on historical
accuracy, appropriate use of ancient sources, originality, quality of material,
thematic development, appropriateness, correctness of English style, and
effectiveness of presentation.
Entries must be typed, double-spaced, on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, on one side only. The
entry must fit the theme of this year's contest. No minimum or maximum length is
required. The entrant's name and school must not
appear on the entry. Contestants should place a personal identification code
(either their Social Security Number or a randomly
selected nine character series) on the top left-hand corner of every page of the entry and on a separate 8-1/2 x 11
inch sheet of paper which also contains the following information: author's name, date of
birth, the student's personal identification code, school name, school address, teacher's name, and
school phone number. No more than ten entries will be accepted from any
individual school and only one entry per student. No electronic
submissions will be accepted. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disqualification.
Every entrant will receive a certificate of participation from Monmouth College. All
entries must be postmarked no later than March 15th and mailed to Dr. Robert
Simmons, Department of Classics, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 61462.
For further information, including a list of previous winners, please e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries become the
property of Monmouth College. The winner will be announced on or
15th on the contest website.
About the Contest
This contest is open to any student enrolled full-time in high school
during current school year. An award of $250.00 will be given to
the author of the best entry written in English on a specified theme. The entry may be an
essay, a short story, a play, a poem, or any original literary work. This contest was
established in 1985 by the Department of
Classics at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois,
to honor Bernice L. Fox, to promote the study of Latin and the Classics in high
schools, and to recognize the good work of high school students.
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About Bernice L. Fox
Bernice L. Fox taught courses in English,
Latin and Greek at Monmouth College from 1947 to 1981, and served as chair of the
Department of Classics from 1970 till her retirement in 1981. Throughout her long and
dynamic career she worked tirelessly to promote the Classics in Illinois high schools and
colleges. She is also the author of Tela Charlottae, the Latin translation of E.
B. White's Charlotte's Web. In 1991 Monmouth College conferred on her the honorary degree
of Doctor of Humane Letters. She died in 2003 at the age of
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