National Literature* Challenge

Fall TOURNAMENT: November 13, 2021


South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Math has done it again. Having won the Oct. 16 National Science Challenge, they collected another championship on Nov. 13, with a 195-130 win over Evangel Classical Christian School (AL) in the finals. It was Evangel’s second 2nd-place finish this year, as they were also runners up in our Sept. 25 National Bible Challenge.

The middle school division saw a rematch in the Finals. St. Mary Cathedral School (MO) had defeated Drexler A (Iowa) 85-60 in the prelims, but Drexler came out on top in the title match, 110-80.

The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use. Start time will likely be 9:00 or 10:00 Eastern, but any Mountain & Pacific Time Zone teams may start later. Entry Fee: $75 per team

Each team will compete in at least three official tournament matches. Advancement to the Single Elimination playoffs will be determined by performance in the three preliminary games. All 2-1, and 3-0 teams will make the playoffs.

Your team contingent should include three or four starters and one or more coaches. Alternate(s) are allowed but must remain on mute until they are in play.


There will be two levels: High School and Middle School.


A tutorial on using the videoconferencing program relative to the tournament will be sent to all coaches in time for them to practice with their teams. Our tech coordinator will be available to answer all questions ahead of time and will be available by phone for all matches.


For this one-day tournament we will be limiting the field to no more than 36 teams.

Rules & Format

Other than the number of preliminary matches, all rules will be the same as those used at the National Academic Championship Rules

*and Language Arts!

Advancing to the playoffs: both Detroit Jesuit (MI) teams, No. 1 ranked South Carolina Governor's School of Science and Math, Leonia (NJ), Daviess County (KY), Merrimack (NH), Colorado Early College, Mercy (MI), Johnson Ferry (GA), and Ysleta (TX). Both semifinal matches were very close: South Carolina 180, Colorado Early College 200; Detroit Jesuit B 240, Daviess County 215. Colorado won the title contest by a 200-point margin. It was a bravura display of Literature acumen: they knew that Jakob and Wilhelm were the first names of the Brothers Grimm; that Shakespeare spent most of his career acting in and writing for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and this Grammar question … Match these grammatical terms with their grammatical properties. TERMS: future perfect, nominative, passive, subjunctive. PROPERTIES: case, mood, tense, voice. (Ans. Future perfect tense, nominative case, passive voice, subjunctive mood). In the middle school division, Detroit Jesuit (MI) won the title and Harvest Christian (Guam) finished second. Harvest Christian has actually finished second in all three of our theme tournaments so far (Bible, Science, Literature).