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:
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)
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.
What the judges are looking for:
Entries along with the coversheet should be emailed to:
Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize Competition, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before submitting your piece, please ensure that: