The Ovid for All competition is run by Classics for All and was developed from an initiative set up by the Cambridge Schools Classics Project (CSCP). CSCP run their own Ovid competition online which is open to all UK schools, but they have endorsed our Ovid for All competition which is currently run through our regional networks in Bristol, Birmingham and CfA North West (Liverpool/Manchester/Blackpool) and aimed primarily at non specialist Classics teachers.
Based on oral retellings of classical mythologies found in Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the aim of the competition is to get students excited about storytelling and to give them access to the ancient world and these wonderful stories which have survived millennia.
The stories in Tales of Change are intended to promote literacy skills at KS3 by utilising the power of stories and oral storytelling.
OVID FOR ALL NORTH WEST competition runs in the autumn term every year and is open to Year 7 students. The work can be done as part of your curriculum time (usually via English Departments) or as part of an extra curricular club.
Schools judge the initial round and then submit upto 12 shortlisted entries to Classics for All North by 15th December 2023. An online prizegiving will take place in late January 2024. There will be regional prizes for students and an overall winners school prize of £200.
To enter the competition for 2023-24 schools must sign up by Friday 29th September 2023 here
To find out more about the competitions run by our Networks in Birmingham and Bristol, or to find out about the national competition run by CSCP, see the "Ovid in other areas" tab below.
Our resources are from Classic Tales storytelling resources created by CSCP in partnership with storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden. Based on "The Metamorphoses" by the Roman poet Ovid (1st century CE), they provides oral retellings of famous Greek myths, ranging from ancient stories of creation to the deceptive relationships between the gods and humankind.
Ovid's stories often return to the themes of change and transformation: this is the meaning of the word "metamorphoses". They explore the unpredictable nature of fate and the ways people strive to make sense of themselves and the world they live in, themes that are echoed in much of world literature and continue to inspire storytellers across the globe today.
We have selected 7 myths for you to choose from for the competition and all teaching materials for these (including summaries, transcripts and teaching suggestions) can be found here. We recommend concentrating on one or two myths in depth.
The stories are intended to promote literacy skills at KS3 by utilising the power of stories and oral storytelling. The resources have been designed for flexible use in classrooms.
Every year we run a teacher information session on line to explain the competition and the rationale. You can look at recordings of these sessions here
Prize-giving will take place online in late January 2024 and will be a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the outstanding talent of year 7 entrants.
More details about the event this year will be available closer to the date. Every student who enters the Ovid Competition receives a certificate and winners in each region receive a prize.
There will also be an additional prize of £200 for the school of the overall winner.
Our Ovid for All competition is also run via our networks in Bristol and South West and Birmingham & West Midlands. There are slight regional variations in how the competitions are run so please contact the Network Coordinators directly:
Bristol & SW - Lizzie Gourd - email@example.com https://www.bristol.ac.uk/classics/hub/for-schools/ovidcompetition/
Birmingham & West Midlands - Hebe Barlow - H.Barlow@bham.ac.uk
For more information about the national competition run by CSCP see here