Tolkien & Lewis Essay Contest | Sponsored by Aquinas College

May 17, 2016 | 0 comments

This Contest is Over

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, the nearest weekend to “Hobbit Day,” the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College will be holding the second annual  “Tolkien & Lewis Celebration” on its campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

As part of this celebration we are announcing an essay contest for high school students, the winner of which will be flown to the Celebration in Nashville to receive the “Tolkien & Lewis Essay Award” and to read the winning essay to those attending the Celebration.

Homeschool Connections has generously agreed to continue their patronage of excellence in writing by awarding $500 to the winner.

Note to Seton Students:

If you don’t win the contest, the Bayley Bulletin would still love to see what you submitted, and may consider sharing it with the Seton community. Send it in once the contest is over!

Leave a comment below telling us you entered!



Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words in length and on the subject of the work of C.S. Lewis and/or J.R.R. Tolkien.

Writers may focus on any aspect of the work or lives of Lewis or Tolkien – or Lewis and Tolkien, for that matter.

Note from Seton editors: You could explore a theme involved in one book by Tolkien, or something on the Narniad, or find a theme in both books that fascinates you. It seems you can pick a single book and write on it, if you wish. For example, the different way dwarves are treated in Middle Earth and the Narniad.


Deadline for receipt of the essays will be June 1, 2016. Essays should be e-mailed to

The essays will be judged by the literature faculty at Aquinas College.

The honoree should be available to travel to Nashville for the Celebration on September 17 to present their essay and receive the Award. All travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the Center for Faith and Culture.

Please address any questions to Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, at

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