Student Contests

The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) staggers the contests throughout the school year. Please note the order of the deadlines for the Essay, Penmanship, and Recitation contests (below).


1. All students who submit entries must attend a CCLE-accredited school or the parents must have CCLE membership.

2. Opportunities for all students to participate at a higher level are available; participation for students with special needs is also available for two contests: Penmanship & Calligraphy and Recitation.

3. The contest deadlines will still be staggered: Deadlines will be March 15, 2023 for Recitation, April 15, 2023 for Essay, and May 15, 2023 for Penmanship/Calligraphy. Please note a change in the order of contests this year!

4. The Penmanship/Calligraphy verse is: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 

5. Essay and Recitation rubrics have been switched over to scales, similar to Penmanship. This seems to be a more consistent manner of evaluation.

6. The Essay Contest scale has the unique opportunity for Bonus points to be added to a student’s score. See Dialectic & Rhetoric Essay Scales.

7. Essay submissions will not have identifying information (student’s name, school name) on each essay page. Instead, requirements call for a cover page which will be deleted for the judges’ shared folder. The judges will have no idea who the winners are.

*For greater challenge any student may compete in a category higher than his chronological age. Students with written documentation of clinically diagnosed special needs may enter contests at a level lower than chronological age.

The CCLE Board hopes that you will encourage your faculty and students to participate. Please review and share the directions, rubrics, and resources documents with your teachers.

Congratulations to our 2022 Contest Winners