The Where’s Homer? essay writing and poetry competition invites students from Years 8 – 12 to draw inspiration from Ancient Greece and Homer’s works in particular. Winning students will present at our annual Festival of Homer, an important feature in the Humanities 21 calendar. Entrants are asked to reflect on how Ancient Greece has shaped our world, and the ways in which the products of this period continue to say something important about human beings today.


The Competition

Students are asked to respond with a poem, piece of creative writing, or analytical essay to the following statement – drawing inspiration from Ancient Greece and Homer’s works in particular.

‘There are certain things about human beings that don’t change over millennia.’


Who Can Enter?

This competition is open to students from Years 8 – 12, who will be assessed in one of the following four categories. A winner will be selected from each category.

Section 1 – Essay writing – creative and analytical essays. Entries in this section must not exceed 1000 words.

Section 1, Category 1: Year 8 -10 students

Section 1, Category 2: VCE and IB students

Section 2 – Poetry. Entries in this section must not exceed 500 words.

Section 2, Category 3: Year 8 – 10 students

Section 2, Category 4: VCE and IB students


The Prize

The winning student will receive a $150 cash prize and a public speaking opportunity. Winning students will present their work at the 2018 Festival of Homer. The winning works will also be published on the Humanities 21 website.

Please note the presentation will take place at 3.00pm on Saturday 16 June, and students under 18 years of age will require a parent or guardian to be present.


How to Enter (entries for 2018 are now closed – see below information about 2019 competition)

Entries can be submitted via email to [email protected]

In the subject of your email please state the name of the competition you are entering.

In the body of your email please state your name, year level, school, and the word count of your essay.

Students are requested to clearly state the topic they have selected and on the first page of their entry. Documents should be attached in PDF or Word format.

Entries open on Monday 25 March 2019 and close on Monday 28 April 2019. 

Winners will be announced on Friday Monday 27 May 2019.

All students who have entered will receive a Certificate of Participation from Humanities 21.


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