The Greek Language and Culture Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Contest of Letters and Arts. The theme for this year’s event is “The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, one who gives much” (Saint John Chrysostom). This annual event corresponds with the celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs – Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom – who are highly respected leaders of the church who helped shape Christian theology, and were distinguished teachers and scholars.

There are several categories for youth participation from Greek Schools and Sunday Schools including: Writing (ages 9 – 15 only), Film and Photography, Music, and Arts and Crafts. All other categories are open without exception to students, regardless of age. Both individual and team entries are allowed, but participating classes must be supervised by their instructor on their selected project. Submissions may be in English or Modern Greek. Please refer to the guidelines

“The observance of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs and the participation of our students in this effort provides a meaningful educational opportunity, for it connects our youth with some of the most highly regarded saints and theologians in the Church,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “I strongly encourage the participation of our parishes to engage their students in this endeavor as a means of connecting the relevance of these great saints with today’s world.”

The awards for the Ninth Annual Contest of Letter and Arts will be presented at a celebration on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Downey, California. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos will preside at this ceremony to recognize the participation of all those involved in planning this event, as well as honor the efforts of the youth who submitted entries. In addition to the monetary awards being presented in each of the categories, three other awards will be presented: The Metropolitan Award, The Kallins Family Founder’s Award, and The Guardian of Greek Language and Culture Award.

The Greek Language and Culture Ministry supports and promotes academic and artistic endeavors that cultivate interest in Greek language and appreciation for the arts and sciences. Under the volunteer leadership of Katerina Iconomou, a team of professionals in the area of Greek Education provide year-round guidance to our parish Greek language schools, develop instructor resources, and oversee the implementation of the annual Greek Language Certification exam for advanced students.

Please refer to the guidelines below for details on participation. Deadline extended to January 25, 2020 - enter today!

Participation Guidelines