Mar 10, 2019

The Betty Haigh Shakespeare Essay Prize, University of Leicester

  • Crimson Education
  • United Kingdom
Multiple Competition


The competition held by The English Association at the University of Leicester is open to any sixth form student of English literature. Students are asked to submit an essay on the Shakespeare topic of their choice.

The competition for has two options:

Option 1

Write a close comparative analysis of between 1200 and 1500 words, focussing on one scene from a Shakespeare tragedy and the equivalent scene in of these named film or television versions:

Hamlet (dir. Michael Almereyda, 2000)

Othello (dir. Oliver Parker, 1995)

King Lear (dir. David Eyre, 2018)

Option 2

Write a review of between 1000 and 1200 words, crafted with a sixth-form reader in mind, exploring in what ways a Shakespeare film adaptation of your choice throws interpretive light on the source play. The chosen film must have a screenplay which was originally written in English.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range


Minimum Technical Skill Needed

What the judges are looking for:

  • Original, creative thinking
  • A clear, straightforward writing style
  • A clear structure, which enables the reader to follow the main ideas easily.

Application Deadline

1st September 2020.

Application Process Includes

Entries along with the coversheet should be emailed to:

Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize Competition,

Before submitting your piece, please ensure that:

  • It is in the form of a Word Document, headed with your name and school
  • It is sent as soft copy, accompanied by a coversheet (68kb) signed by your teacher to the email below
  • It focuses on one sequence only from one of the films named above
  • It specifies timings for the chosen sequence
  • It is written entirely in your own words
  • It references any quotations from secondary sources (e.g. critics / reviewers)
  • It provides act and scene references for quotations from the Shakespeare text
  • It is no more than 1500 words (please write the word count at the foot of your work)