St. Kosmas Aitolos Homeschool Community promotes the annual academic and creative arts contests, festivals, and exhibits that are available for Orthodox children of any jurisdiction.

If you sponsor or are aware of an academic or creative arts contest for Orthodox children that does not restrict participation based on Orthodox jurisdiction, and is not listed here, please email us at stkosmashomeschoolcommunity@gmail.com, so that we may add it to our website.

2018 St. Kosmas Annual Essay Contest for Orthodox Children

hosted by St. Kosmas Aitolos Homeschool Community

Topics announced annually January 1

Essay Submissions due:  December 31, 2018

Essay Length: 1000 word limit

Eligibility: Orthodox Christian children through age 19 (baptised Orthodox or officially enrolled as a catechumen in the Orthodox Church) regardless of how they receive their education (homeschool, public school, private school, etc.); international entries accepted.  

Language Requirements:  Due to the number of American homeschoolers studying the Greek language, and our desire for international participation in this contest, we will be accepting essays in the Greek and English languages and will be offering a prize for the top essay submitted in the Greek language, as well as a prize for the top essay submitted in the English language.  Essays must be the original work of the child and must be submitted in the language known to that child.  If a child is able to write in both Greek and English, the child may submit his/her essay in both languages, but may not have the essay translated by someone else for submission.

Prize for Winning Essay: $100 for the child, plus a $500 credit towards the family's registration & lodging costs at the 2019 St. Emmelia WEST Conference (paid for by sponsors of the St. Kosmas Homeschool Community).

Topics for 2018 Essay Contest:

Topic #1: About the Life of St. Kosmas Aitolos

For younger writers— 
Talk about about the childhood of St. Kosmas.  In what way did his childhood prepare him for the work he did as an adult? How did his work affect the Greek nation? 
For teen or high school writers—
What parallels can be drawn between the culture in which he lived and the one in which we live today? What do his life and words teach us about Orthodox education? How are we benefited by him? What about the life of St. Kosmas Aitolos makes him a fitting patron of Orthodox Christian homeschoolers in 21st century America?

Topic #2: About the Krifo Scholio

Discuss the 'Krifo Scholio', building on any of the following themes:  (for younger writers) What is the Krifo Scholio? When and why did it exist? What were children taught in the Krifo Scholio? How did it help them both as children and later as adults?  (for teen or high school writers)  How did the Krifo Scholio affect the Greek nation, the Church, and the preservation of the Greek language? How is the Krifo Scholio relevant to us today in the 21st century - both in regards to the Church and to education - and what can we learn from it? Is there anything that took place during the time of the Krifo Scholio that parallels what is happening today in our country or education system? Though some sources today cite it as a myth, how do we know that this took place historically?  Why do you think there are efforts to discount the Krifo Scholio?

2018 St. Kosmas Annual Art Contest for Orthodox Children

HOSTED BY ST. KOSMAS AITOLOS HOMESCHOOL COMMUNITY

Topics announced annually January 1

Art Submissions due:  December 31, 2018

Eligibility: Orthodox Christian children through age 19 (baptised Orthodox or officially enrolled as a catechumen in the Orthodox Church) regardless of how they receive their education (homeschool, public school, private school, etc.); international entries accepted.  

Prize for Winning Artwork: $100 for the child, plus a $500 credit towards the family's registration & lodging costs at the 2019 St. Emmelia WEST Conference (paid for by sponsors of the St. Kosmas Homeschool Community).

Theme for 2018 Fine Art Contest:  Timeless Orthodoxy in the 21st Century

  • Students’ artwork must be original. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged. It is critical that submitted artwork not be overly derivative of images found on the Internet, in print media, or elsewhere.
  • Media: We accept 2-D artwork done in crayon, ink, acrylics, oil paint, pastels, water color, colored pencils, scratchboard, color marker, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or paper collage. 
  • Artist Identification: The child should NOT sign the piece of art work.  There should be no writing (letters or numbers) on the artwork unless the letters or numbers are part of the image being represented (example: letters on a street sign, numbers or letter on a building, letters on an icon within the scene).
  • No iconography submissions will be accepted. This contest is to encourage creative development activities within Orthodox education settings, and iconography is not a forum for creative development. No traced images and no iconography will be accepted for judging. However, it is perfectly acceptable to submit a piece of work that contains icons within the composition. (example: a picture of someone venerating an icon is an acceptable submission; a picture of the interior of a church filled with icons is an acceptable submission; a picture of a procession with icons being carried is an acceptable submission; but an iconographic image on its own will not be accepted for judging.)

Art work submission details coming soon!

2018 St. Kosmas Annual Photography Contest for Orthodox Children

HOSTED BY ST. KOSMAS AITOLOS HOMESCHOOL COMMUNITY

Topics announced annually January 1

Photography Submissions due:  December 31, 2018

Eligibility: Orthodox Christian children through age 19 (baptised Orthodox or officially enrolled as a catechumen in the Orthodox Church) regardless of how they receive their education (homeschool, public school, private school, etc.); international entries accepted.  

Prize for Winning Photo: $100 for the child, plus a $500 credit towards the family's registration & lodging costs at the 2019 St. Emmelia WEST Conference (paid for by sponsors of the St. Kosmas Homeschool Community).

Theme for 2018 Photography Contest:  Timeless Orthodoxy in the 21st Century

  • black & white OR color
  • No photo collages.
  • No photoshop or digital editing.
  • Out of respect for the privacy of the monastics, St. Kosmas Homeschool Association will not be accepting any photo entries in this contest that include the faces or profile images of monastics.

Photography submission details coming soon!

 

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine Annual Essay Contest

 

Topics announced annually: in the spring

2018 Essay Submissions due: December 31, 2018

Essay Length: 1000 word limit

Eligibility: age 13-19, any ethnicity, any jurisdiction; but the essay must be according to the theme

Prize for Winning Essay: 1st place = $500;  2nd place = $250;  3rd place = $100  (awarded through St. Photios National Shrine)

If a member of St.Kosmas Homeschool Community places in this contest, the highest placing member of St.Kosmas Homeschool Community will also receive a $500 credit towards the family's registration & lodging costs at a future St. Emmelia WEST Conference (paid for by sponsors of the St.Kosmas Homeschool Community).

Topics for 2018 St. Photios Essay Contest:

The themes for the 2018 St. Photios Essay Contest are still being determined.  The St. Photios website currently shows the topics from the 2017 contest, but they will be updating their site soon to reflect the 2018 topics. St. Kosmas Homeschool Community will be announcing the St. Photios Essay contest themes as soon as they are posted on the St. Photios website.  Thank you!