Poems about Trump presidency, Syrian civil war win CBC youth writing challenge


Ali Nelson and Emma George are the winners of the 2017 Shakespeare Selfie youth writing challenge.

Over 600 students from across the country sent in their modern-day monologues and soliloquies about news topics ranging from Pokémon Go to feminism, written in the voice of a Shakespearean character.

Nelson, 15, is a student from Abbey Park High School in Oakville, Ont. She won the Grades 7 to 9 category with "That Something Wicked..."

"Written in the voice of the first witch from Macbeth, this is a powerful evocation of the bloodshed and grief unleashed during the Syrian civil war," said judge and bestselling YA author Kenneth Oppel.

George, 16, is in Grade 11 at Havergal College in Toronto. She won the Grades 10 to 12 category with "Naught Is Discernible Within This Place."

"A command of Shakespearean language and poetic devices distinguish this meditation on the manipulation of facts, and disregard for the truth, in the fledgling Trump administration, as narrated by the porter from Macbeth," said Oppel.

Both George and Nelson will receive an iPad mini. Their school libraries will each receive 50 young adult books from a variety of publishers across Canada.

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