The St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition will be running for the tenth time during the academic year 2019/20. The competition is open to all UK students currently studying in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or equivalent, whether or not they are currently studying a Classical or Ancient subject. The competition gives students of any subjects an opportunity to write an essay on the classical world. The organisers are interested in providing an occasion for independent research, to encourage curiosity and reflection in those who have studied the ancient world before and those who have not. Essays must be submitted by Thursday 5th March 2020 and all entrants will also be invited to attend a Study Afternoon at St John’s College, Oxford on Thursday 23rd April 2020. We are able to cover the travel expenses to the event for any students either in care or eligible for free school meals. There are no special academic requirements and no limit on the number of students from each school able to attend for this event; we encourage anyone interested in Classics or Ancient History to send in their essay submissions.