Each year Trinity College hold a nationwide Linguistics competition open to all Year 12 or equivalent students. The Essay Prize aims to encourage students with an interest in linguistics to explore this further and to apply for a University course in this subject. In addition, the Prize aims to recognise the achievements of high-calibre students from whatever background they may come, as well as the achievements of those who teach them.
Candidates are invited to submit an essay of between 2,000 and 2,500 words in answer to a question/topic published by the college. Suggested reading is offered to supplement the question.
The competition is open to all students with an interest in how language works regardless of the specific subjects they are currently studying at A-Level (or similar qualification). For example, it may be of interest to students taking A-Levels in Modern Languages, English Language or Classics, but also to students taking Psychology or Mathematics.
First Prize of £600, to be split equally between the candidate and his or her school or college, and a Second Prize of £300, which again is to be shared equally between the candidate and his or her school or college. The school or college’s portion of each prize will be issued in the form of book tokens with which to buy linguistics books. In addition, up to three further essays of a high quality will be commended.
Essays should be submitted using the online form found on the website
Late submissions cannot be accepted.