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German Classics Prize

A German ClassicRembrandt [Public domain], Faust, in his study, perceives the macrocosm, via Wikimedia Commons

An Essay Prize for Sixth-Formers

1st Prize: £500    2nd Prize: £300   3rd Prize: £100

The essay prize competition ‘A German Classic’ was launched in 2017. It is designed to celebrate a different classic each year and encourage in-depth study by creating a wide range of resources that open up different perspectives on the concerns at the heart of the work. The links to interviews and discussions, articles and performances will remain available to inspire ongoing interest in these works beyond the year of the competition.


The competition is aimed at students with a GCSE or equivalent in German who are in Lower Sixth, for submission in mid-September of Upper Sixth (equivalent to Years 12 and 13 or S5 and S6 in Scotland). Participants are not expected to have prior experience of studying German literature.

2018: Watch this space for news in spring 2018 for the competition for 2018, which will celebrate a different 'German Classic'. 

2017: Goethe’s Faust, Part One I. This competition is now closed. Results are available here. Do take a look at the suggestions of further resources on Faust, and also at the playlist 'Perspectives on Faust' on the Oxford German Network YouTube channel to watch experts talk all about Goethe's Faust, covering topics from 'Why Faust?' to Goethe's play in performance.