Cambridge Essay Competitions

Essay competitions are brilliant for a number of reasons!

You can use them to:

- Explore a topic you’re fascinated about beyond the school curriculum
- Develop invaluable research and essay writing experience
- Show evidence of your genuine interest in your subject when writing your personal statement!

Here are some of the essay competitions currently open for submissions. Be sure to check any eligibility criteria, requirements and deadlines. This page will be updated when new competitions are announced, so check back regularly!

Robinson College Music Society, New Directions Composing Competition: Music πŸ”— Anyone under the age of 18 is invited to compose a piece of music in any style or genre, using one of the set prompts as a starting point. Deadlines: 13th February 2022 for under 15s; and 28th February 2022 for under 12s.

Fitzwilliam College Essay Competitions: various subjects πŸ”— 🌟 This year, Fitzwilliam College is running competitions in Ancient World and Classics, Archaeology, History, Land Economy, Medieval World and Architecture. All competitions are open to Year 12 students and are designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in subjects they might not be able to study in depth at school. Deadline: 1st March 2022.

Newnham College Essay Prizes: various subjects πŸ”— 🌟 Newnham College are running essay competitions in a huge range of subjects: women in literature and history; Archaeology; Biological Sciences; Classics; Computer Science; Engineering; History; Mathematics; Medicine; Music and Philosophy! All competitions are open to female Year 12 students (as Newnham is a female-only college) attending a UK state school. The college is also running a series of webinars in January and February 2022 to aid entrants with researching, writing and editing their essay submissions. Deadline: 11th March 2022.

Girton College Humanities Writing Competition πŸ”— An opportunity for students interested in pursuing any humanities subject to write creatively! Year 12 students may enter with an essay or piece of creative writing using an object from Girton College’s small antiquities museum, the Lawrence Room, as their prompt. Deadline: 18th March 2022.

Queens’ College Estelle Prize: English πŸ”— Year 12 students are invited to submit their responses to any of the three set questions on English Literature. Deadline: 15th April 2022.

Robinson College Essay Prize: various subjects πŸ”— 🌟 Year 12 students may submit an essay of up to 2,000 words in response to one of the set questions, which cover a wide variety of academic subjects. Applications will open in June 2022 and the deadline for submissions will be in August 2022.

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