ABSTRACT The popularity and frequency of academic competitions in the foreign languages (language bowls) is increasing, but literature on its organization and implementation is sparse. This article discusses the theory behind language bowl competition and demonstrates its value for students and instructors alike. The creation of question banks is described via sample questions. Various methods of question presentation are shown and their relative merits discussed, fairness to the competitors being the underlying standard. Suggestions are made for the efficient administration and conduct of all aspects of the language bowl, such as guidelines for organizers, participants, and moderators.