The 2017 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge for students


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Shakespeare took selfies all the time - but instead of a camera, he used a quill. And instead of calling them "selfies," they were called "soliloquies" or "monologues." When Shakespearean characters talk to themselves, or talk to the audience? That's a Shakespeare Selfie.

Twenty finalists were selected out of over 600 entries. The 2017 winners, chosen by bestselling YA author Kenneth Oppel, are Ali Nelson for "That Something Wicked..." and Emma George for "Naught Is Discernible Within This Place."

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2017 FINALISTS IN GRADES 7-9:

2017 FINALISTS IN GRADES 10-12:

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In the Shakespeare Selfie, we ask students to write a modern-day soliloquy or monologue (200-400 words) by a Shakespearean character, based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2016-April 2017).

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DOWNLOAD A POSTER
You can download and print off a poster about the Shakespeare Selfie challenge in colour and in black and white. Here's a mobile-friendly version.

WHO CAN ENTER?

The challenge is open to Canadian residents in two age categories: Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12.

WHEN AND HOW CAN YOU ENTER?

The challenge was open for submissions from April 10 to 28, 2017.

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Each category's grand prize winner (Grades 7-9 and 10-12) will receive a 32G iPad mini.

The school library of each grand prize winner will receive 50 young adult books from the following Canadian publishers: Raincoast Books, House of Anansi, HarperCollins Canada, Scholastic Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada, Drawn & Quarterly, Goose Lane Editions, Hachette Book Group, Dundurn Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Kids Can Press, ECW Press, Douglas and McIntyre, Renegade Press, Cormorant Books, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Thistledown Press, Inanna Publications, Tightrope Books and Second Story Press.

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Our judge for the 2017 Shakespeare Selfie writing challenge is bestselling and award-winning young adult author Kenneth Oppel. His books include the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies around the world, and Airborn, winner of the 2004 Governor General's Award for children's literature and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book award from the American Library Association. Kenneth's latest novel is Every Hidden Thing. (Oh, and he's married to a Shakespeare scholar.)


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RULES & REGULATIONS
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SOLILOQUIES VS. MONOLOGUES: A PRIMER

Soliloquies and monologues are similar, but different. They both involve a single speaker - one character who does all the talking. But a soliloquy is when one character is talking to himself or herself - reflecting on a situation, a feeling - stating his or her thoughts out loud. A monologue is when a character talks to someone else, or a group of people.

Soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet:


Monologue from Julius Caesar:

Thumbnail image for whitespace-620.jpg The 2017 finalists

Explore the 2017 finalists here.

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CBC Books will also be holding a student writing challenge in fall 2017 to mark Canada's 150th birthday. Stay tuned for more details!

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