The 2018 Shakespeare Selfie Student Writing Challenge is now open for submissions

Canadian students in Grades 7 to 12 are invited to write a monologue or soliloquy in the voice of a Shakespearean character based on a modern-day current affairs event.
What would Shakespeare have to say about the world of today? (Ben Shannon)

Sharpen those quills! The Shakespeare Selfie Student Writing Challenge is back. You have until 6 p.m. ET on April 27, 2018 to submit your original monologue or soliloquy. Click the link below to submit your entry online.

Shakespeare Selfie is a writing competition that challenges students to write a soliloquy or monologue in the voice of a Shakespearean character based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2017 to April 2018). Students can choose any topic they wish, but here are some suggested subjects to help get the ball rolling.

Award-winning YA author Kenneth Oppel, whose books include The Nest, Every Hidden Thing and the Silverwing trilogy, will be returning as judge.

Submissions must be 200 to 400 words. Check out the work of our 2017 finalists below, including champs Ali Nelson (Grade 7–9 category) and Emma George (Grade 10–12 category).

WHAT YOU CAN WRITE: Your entry can be 200-400 words in length. Your entry also needs a title, but the title is not included in the word limit.

WHO CAN ENTER: This contest is open to all Canadian residents who are full time students enrolled in Grades 7 to 12. Entries will be judged in two age categories: Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12.

HOW YOU CAN SUBMIT: From April 6 to April 27, 2018, there will be a link to an online submission form on this page. The challenge opens at 9 a.m. ET on April 6 and closes at 6 p.m. ET on April 27.

PRIZES: The winners of the Grades 7–9 category and Grades 10–12 category will each receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate. In addition, each of their schools will receive 50 young adult novels.

EXTRA RESOURCES: Check out this collection of videos with wisdom on Shakespeare, the writing craft and current affairs. The videos come with a teacher's guide.


Read the work of the 2017 winners and finalists:

Grades 7 to 9 category

Grades 10 to 12 category


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