How do learners enter?

Entries are only accepted through schools. The Call for Entries with details and information on the Olympiad, and the Entry Form can be downloaded from the Home page on this website.

Schools may choose to enter their candidates in the Home Language paper, or the First Additional Language (FAL) paper. FAL entries are permitted provided the candidates are registered for FAL as a Matric subject - please indicate which paper each candidate is entering clearly on the Entry Form.  

As the examination is based on an open-book system, every candidate will be provided with a copy of the Anthology and a Study Guide. While this adds to the cost of entering the Olympiad, an open-book examination enables more creative answers. The organisers of the English Olympiad cannot permit the use of photocopies. It is illegal in terms of copyright laws.

Who may enter?

The competition is open to ALL learners who will be in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 in 2021.

Entry Fees and Closing Dates

Entry fees are payable upon application at R90 per entry. The entry fee covers the administrative and postage costs of the Olympiad, and the cost of the Anthology and Study Guide.

Teachers may purchase a separate copy of the text for R20 per copy.


CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 21 October 2020

Please note that entering earlier will benefit your candidates as they will receive their texts earlier and have more time to prepare.  

Proof of payment needs to be received by the Olympiad Officer, with your entry form, before the entry closing date. Entries will not be processed without a proof of payment.

To enter please download, complete and submit the Entry Form to be found on the Home page.



Account Name: English Olympiad

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch: Grahamstown

Branch code: 050917

Account number: 081 975 988

**NB** Reference on Deposit slip/EFT:  EO & your School’s Name

English Olympiad Sponsorship (EOS)

There are a limited number of partial bursaries for students who cannot afford the entry fees. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to engage with the English language via a set theme.  If your candidates are not able to afford the entry fee, please ask them each to write:


Please send applications to the Olympiad Officer at PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140, or fax: 086 262 6048, or email:, or phone: 046 603 1145  for more information.

First Additional Language (FAL) candidates

The FAL Olympiad exam paper will be based on the same anthology and theme as the Home Language paper, and will require just as much preparation for the examination as the Home Language paper, however, the FAL paper will differ from the Home Language paper in that there will be fewer question choices and simpler language may be used in some of the exam questions. It is by no means an easier paper but it is a more truncated one that is better suited to English First Additional Language learners. 

Condition applied to First Additional Language Entries: To be eligible to write the FAL examination paper, candidates must be registered at their school for English First Additional Language as a Matric subject.