Enter the 2019 Shakespeare Selfie student writing challenge now!
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.
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.
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.
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Read the 2018 finalist and winners entries below.
Grades 7 to 9 category
- Winner: The Universe's Greatest Love Story by Cynthia Gan
- What Blazing Forge of Tragedy by Gene Case
- A Mortal's Woe by Mina Chong
- Muli Ké by Kiara Fernandez
- Art Thou Romeo? by Shirley Li
- A Dying Reef by Rose Liu
- A World at its Knees by Hossein Shahidinejad
- A Poison'd Rub by Arthur Taylor
- I bring thee here today by Jacob Wilson
- Swim with the Tide by Alison Xia
Grades 10 to 12 category
- Winner: As Bodies Fall by Benjamin Wexler
- Speak of me as I am. by Ali Abdal Hadi
- From France with Love by Eero Cuddington
- What is Man to Take a Life? by Topaz Duchesneau
- A Rose in Rows of Lilies by Karthik Gurram
- Younger, Braver Souls by Kyle Hardy
- The Resolve of France Regarding a Regrettable Situation by Katherine Latosinsky
- Mother by Emily Morin
- An Idiot, Full of Sound and Fury by Deisha Paliwal
- That Which Fate Hath Ordained by Kevin Tong