Enter the 2019 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge now!

Grade 7 to 12 students can enter their original monologue or soliloquy from now until April 30, 2019.
What would Shakespeare have to say about the world of today? (Ben Shannon)

The Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge is now open. Grade 7 to 12 students can enter their original monologue or soliloquy online by filling out the submission form linked below: 

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The submission period opens Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m. ET and closes Tuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. ET.

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 2018 to April 2019). 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 InklingThe NestEvery Hidden Thing and the Silverwing trilogy, will be returning as judge.

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. The word limit is strictly enforced.

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: Follow this link, create a free account with Submittable and fill in the submission form with your entry.

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 2018 finalist and winners entries below.

Grades 7 to 9 category

Grades 10 to 12 category


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