Ex Officio Aed Pleb M' C. Serapionis

Last February the Senate approved the following text:

"The Senate hereby resolves and gives permission to Plebian Aedile Manius Constantinus Serapio to organize an international literary contest in Nova Roma's name to include both Nova Roma cives and non- cives."

I- I hereby announce the Certamen Petronianum, an international literary competition organized in Nova Roma's name and dedicated to Petronius Arbiter, the well known author of Satyricon.

II- Competition Rules:

a- The Certamen Petronianum is open to all writers, both cives and non-cives, without any age or nationality restrictions.

b- Entries for the Certamen Petronianum 2005 must be tales set in ancient Rome, during the Republic.

c- Entries must be written in English, and have a maximum length of 3000 words.

d- The closing date for entries is 30th June 2005.

e- Entrants may submit only one tale, and the entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

f- Entries must be submitted in Word, RTF or plain text file. The tale shall contain no pictures.

g- Entries will be judged anonymously.

h- Each tale must be the original work of the author, and must not have been previously published or successfully entered in to other contests.

i- The winner will be notified between 4th and 17th November 2005, during the Ludi Plebei.

l- The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

m- Nova Roma reserves the right to publish or broadcast the five best tales, in any medium or media, any number of times and at any stage in the future. By submitting an entry to the contest, entrants agree to grant such rights.

n- Entries should be sent to: certamen@novaromaitalia.org

III- The Judges:

a- Entries will be read by a panel of preliminary judges who will select the five best works.

b- The five best works will be judged by two final judges, one being a professional novelist and one being an expert in Roman history.

c- The final judges of the first edition of the Certamen Petronianum are Dr. Colleen McCullough and Prof. Dr. Peter Wiseman.

IV- Award:

a- The winning tale will be published on the website of Nova Roma and on the following web magazines: "Aquila", "Roman Times Quarterly", "Inter Alia" and "Pomerivm" (Italian translation).

b- The winner will receive:

1- a certificate signed by the final judges, Dr. McCullough and Prof. Dr. Wiseman

2- the full Roman series to date by Colleen McCullough (The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune's Favourites, Caesar's Women, Caesar & The October Horse), each book being autographed by the author.

3- The myths of Rome, by Dr. Peter Wiseman, autographed by the author.

V- The notice of competition and the entry form are published on the website of the Certamen Petronianum: http://www.novaroma.org/certamen/index.htm

VI- This edict becomes effective immediately.

Given on 25th March 2758 aVc
Fr. Apulo Caesare et C. Popillio Laenate Cos