Competition details

Competition aims

The University of Oxford is delighted to launch the Dante 700 Competition in celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

Many students in the UK may never have heard of Dante or his most famous poem The Comedy. The competition aims to introduce Dante and his work to students of all ages in a fun and engaging way.

Students and parents can browse the resources on this site for themselves, or, teachers can use the lesson resources available to introduce the Italian poet to their class.

Students may enter an A4-sized visual response to a given canto or to Dante’s Commedia as a whole. This can be a single drawing or a comic in any media.

Please be prepared to upload a high-quality photo of the artwork.

Browse our resources and the gallery for inspiration!

How to enter

Click here to enter!

What will I need to enter?

  1. If you are under 16, you will need consent from a parent or guardian to enter.
  2. An email address (one entry per email address).
  3. A photo of your artwork / a photo of hand-written work / a pdf or word document of typed written work.
  4. You will need to fill in a short online form with your details.

Winning entries

Winning entries will be included in an online anthology and will be invited to a prize-giving ceremony.

The judges reserve the right to increase or decrease this number on the basis of the number and quality of the entries received.

Written entries
Students may enter a poem or prose response to a given canto or to Dante’s Commedia as a whole.

Written pieces can be hand-written or typed. They should be no longer than 1 side of A4 (12pt if typed) but please ensure that handwriting is legible.

A photo of hand-written entries or a pdf / word document of typed entries should then be uploaded.

Browse our lesson resources for writing prompts!

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