School Contests

Each year, the French Embassy organizes a number of academic contests for middle school and high school students across the U.S. In some cases, contests are limited to a specific region, while others are open to students nationwide. These contests give students a chance to apply their French skills to creative projects and share them with their community. Participating schools receive prizes. Individual winners receive a prize and a special diploma.

If you are a teacher and would like to participate in one of our school contests with your class, please create an educator account on This will allow you to post contest entries by your students. Each entry will appear with the student's name, school, and teacher.

Open Contests

My Favorite French Dish or Pastry Contest

Deadline: October 19, 2016 | Open only to Chicago Area K-12 students

As part of the à la carte festival, the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago and the American Association of Teachers of French (Chicago – North Illinois Chapter) are organizing a drawing, writing and video contest around the theme "My Favorite French Dish or Pastry".


Closed Contests

3rd French Consulate in Boston Excellence Award

Deadline: May 1st at 11:59pm EST

The Cultural Service of the Consulate of France in Boston, along with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France to the United States, is pleased to organize for the third consecutive year the presentation of the "French Consulate in Boston Excellence Award."


French language and Francophonie week contest in Florida and Puerto Rico 2016

Deadline: February 12th, 2016

The French language and Francophonie Week will take place this year from March 12-20. The last day being International Francophonie Day. It is a major event for all the French language lovers, and a great occasion to show one’s attachment to the language of Molière by celebrating its richness and diversity. The purpose of the “French Contest” event is to invite students to play and express themselves in either a literary or artistic form.

We are pleased to invite you to join this venture and encourage your students to participate in this French Contest 2016 edition.


Concours de twittérature des Amériques 2016

Deadline: February 1st-29th, 2016

We are pleased to announce the second contest twittérature of the Americas to be held from the 1st to the 29th of February 2016. The Centre de la francophonie in the Americas, in collaboration with the Institute of Comparative twittérature, invites you to participate by tweeting the theme "Améripoésie". We are launching this challenge to primary and secondary school students, college students and universities (PSE) and adults with French as their native language or second. Francophone America is one of the most vibrant language communities and the most original of all. Present from north to south in the Americas, from Baffin Island to Patagonia, the community of French speakers brings together more than 33 million people. The second contest of the Americas twittérature wants to witness the presence and commitment of Francophones and Francophiles using micro blog Twitter as poetic creation space. Going against gossip usually found in social media, the competition wants to serve as a reminder that French is a beautiful language which lends itself to all forms of expression, including on Twitter. By launching this competition, the Centre de la francophonie in the Americas affirms that the French language is, in America, a tool of culture and shared imaginary; and, through it, poetry contributes to the strengthening of linguistic complicities, aesthetic and imaginary.


Dis-Moi Dix Mots Concours

Deadline: 27 Février 2016

Concours de marques-pages à Meythet - Choose 1-10 of the selected words Use the artistic technique of your choice (writing, drawing, painting, collage ...) Respect the Bookmarks size (rectangular) Post or send your creations to the library Louise Michel 5 rue F. Vernex 74960 Meythet until February 27th, 2016 in an envelope on which you enter your name and age.


FRANCOPHONIE IN FLORIDA 2015 : Enter the "Dis-moi dix mots" Video Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2015

The French language and Francophonie Week is celebrated every year around the International Francophonie Day, March 20th, and is a major event for all lovers of the French language. As such, “Dis-moi dix mots” ( is an annual worldwide contest created to celebrate the richness and vitality of the French language. The contest invites students to express themselves through a series of ten words that are chosen every year by a number of our francophone partners: France, Belgium, Quebec, Switzerland, and the International Organization of la Francophonie (constituted of 77 states and governments from around the world).


Dis-Moi Dix Mots Writing Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2014 I For students of French from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas

Celebrate "La Francophonie" with your students by taking part in a writing contest! Pick three words among the 2014 Dis-Moi-Dix Mots selection and make your students write original, weird, funny definitions of these three words.


Francophonie 2014: Short story, Poem writing contest

Deadline: March 1, 2014 | Participants must be enrolled in a school in Chicago or in the Chicago metropolitan area.

As part of the Festival de la Francophonie and on the occasion of the Book Fair on Saturday, March 8th, the Alliance Française de Chicago and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago are organizing a writing contest around the theme "Dis-moi 10 mots / Tell me 10 words."


Concours de roman-photo franco-allemand sur l’Amitié

Deadline: April 19, 2013 | Elèves et Etudiants du Midwest

A l'occasion du 50ème anniversaire du Traité de l'Elysée, le Service culturel du Consulat général de France à Chicago et l’Institut Goethe de Chicago organisent un concours de roman-photo sur le thème de l’Amitié : "Franco-German Friendship".


Green Connection

Deadline: April 15, 2012 | High School Students

High school students are invited to submit individual project proposals for local environmental protection initiatives. The presentation must include a demonstration of the student’s interest in environmental issues and his/her commitment to environmental protection.


Rock the Statue Green

Deadline: Novemeber 30, 2011 | K-12, New York City

In celebration of the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday (October 28th, 2011), the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in collaboration with the U.S. National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument, the City of New York Parks and Recreations, and the American Association of Teachers of French are hosting a Franco-American Transatlantic art contest for students in grades pre-K to 12.