An annual prize of $10,000 is offered for an original essay in Classical Latin. The essay may be on any subject chosen by the competitor, and must contain at least 1,000 words. Dissertations offered for the degree of Ph.D. in Harvard University are admissible. If a thesis chapter is submitted, it must be modified so that it stands alone as a complete essay. Essays submitted for prizes outside of Harvard University are not admissible. Essays that are already published are not admissible. Essays submitted for publication (but not yet published) are acceptable.
Each manuscript must be delivered to the Department of the Classics by the deadline, not later than five o'clock in the afternoon. A student who is to receive his or her degree at midyear, however, must submit his or her manuscript on or before the day following the first day of the fall term reading period, not later than five o'clock in the afternoon.
All inquiries concerning the Bowdoin Prize for Composition in Greek and the Bowdoin Prize for Composition in Latin should be addressed to the Department of the Classics.