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Cambridge Writing and Humanities Competitions (Year 12, deadlines in March 2022)



Year 12

Newnham Essay Prize

Deadline: Friday 11 March

https://newn.cam.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduates/newnham-essay-prizes/


The Newnham Essay Prize is open to all female Year 12 students at a UK state school. Questions are available for subjects across the Arts, Humanities and sciences, including Biology, Classics, Engineering, History, Mathematics, Languages, Music, Psychology and more. In addition,there are also questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, for Newnham's annual ‘Woolf Essay Prize’.


Students may only submit an essay for one subject. Each school may only submit 5 entries per subject. Each winning essay will receive a monetary prize.



Year 12

Fitzwilliam College Essay Competitions

Deadline: Tuesday 1 March

https://bit.ly/3pGfc7p

2022 Essay Competitions open to Y12 or equivalent students. Questions are available on the topics of Archaeology, Classics & the Ancient World, Architecture, History, Land Economy, and the Medieval World.



Year 12

Humanities Writing Competition

Deadline: 18 March

https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/ humanities-writing-competition

Open to Y12 students with an interest in the humanities. Applicants will submit a written piece on one or more of the objects we have selected from the Girton College small antiques museum. An opportunity for research and writing beyond the curriculum; essays or creative responses (such as dramatic monologues or short stories) are equally welcome.

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