COMPETITION: Creative Contest for University Students

Guys, you all know we’re celebrating 40 years of Goethe in Atlanta this year and that means lots of special events and celebrations for you to get involved in. Now this one is aimed at university students studying across the south east and, if you’re one of them, we’d love you to get involved in:

Mephistopheles – a comparison to…

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We’re inviting all university students to be part of our 40th anniversary of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta by entering our creative contest Mephistopheles – a comparison to…

Mephistopheles, the primary antagonist in Goethe’s renowned play Faust, stands as one of the most intriguing villains in fiction. Although the play is hundreds of years old, the impish Mephistopheles continues to delight audiences worldwide, through various artistic mediums. Perhaps this is due in part to his personality, and our ability to relate to it somehow. Mephistopheles’ cunning, wit, intellect, and charisma are all traits that we encounter each day.

In that spirit, we have our prompt: Compare Mephistopheles from Goethe’s Faust to a figure, either real or fictional.


All enrolled students at a university are eligible to enter. We are looking for drawings, essays, paintings, sculptures, collages, videos, or whatever format helps you express yourself.

Essay Specifications and Submissions:

  • Font: Please submit your essays in 12-point Times New Roman font; double spaced
  • Word limit: Up to 750-1,000 words
  • Submissions written in German are also welcome.

Please submit your essay as an email attachment to We also request that you put “Goethe Creative Contest” in the subject line of the email. Please do not copy and paste your papers into the body section of the email. Instead it in pdf form with “Goethe Creative Contest” in the subject line.

Video Specifications and Submissions:

Artistic Submissions:

Please submit any other art works by sending your digital files, photographs or videos of it to our email at with “Goethe Creative Contest” in the subject line. The file should be no larger than 5MB. Posters can be also dropped off in person at our office, located at 1197 Peachtree Street NE, Colony Square, Plaza Level, Atlanta, GA 30361.

Please make sure to include our submission form.

Deadline and Award Announcement

Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2016 at 11:59pm. Panelists include members of our international, educational and cultural community. The winners will be announced at our European Day of Languages Program on September 29, 2016.


The first three winners will have the opportunity to have lunch with a prominent business leaders. If the winners so choose, they may also present their creative work at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. We will publish the top three submissions in our annual report and social media. In addition, we would welcome the opportunity to display the winning submissions at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta in Fall 2016.

For further questions, please contact us at

Oh, and one more thing…Good Luck!

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