Scribenda: A Summer Essay Contest

Scribenda | A Summer Essay Contest

Ready, set, Scribenda!

Put your thinking cap on, and write an essay in answer to the question below! The winning essay answering the question will be featured in the first issue of our magazine, Aristeia, and receive hardback, bilingual, Loeb Editions of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid, as well as a $50 Amazon gift card!



How to enter:

  • Share this post on your own Facebook or Twitter account.
  • Get out your quills, typewriters, or iPads, and write away!
  • Submit your essay by email to with subject line “Essay Entry” no later than August 31 at 11:59 pm (PST). EXTENSION: September 7th deadline!


  • Open to all high school age students.
  • Length of essay must be between 750-1,000 words.
  • Essay must be in Microsoft Word. Entries on wax tablets or papyrus will be disqualified.
  • Winning essay will be selected by judges based on persuasiveness and quality of argument, writing style, adherence to contest parameters, and the Oracle at Delphi.

We look forward to reading your essays!

by Valerie Abraham on Posted on


  1. Martha Vernot says:

    My children entered this contest and we have been checking your site for the winner frequently. Did you ever assign a winner to your essay contest “Do we ever outgrow fairytales?” ? We would appreciate knowing at least if you have given out a winning essay and who it was that won. Thank you, Martha Vernot

    1. Martha,
      Are you subscribed to our mailing list? There is indeed a winner, and the essay will be published soon! The announcement was sent out via our newsletter a few weeks ago. (you can sign up at the bottom of most pages of our website)

      Thank you for participating! There were many wonderful essays!

      I’ll forward the newsletter in question to your email address.


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