Open for entries: Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize

Posted by rsl11 at Apr 03, 2019 10:41 AM |
The competition is open to any sixth form student of English literature.

Competition Details

Shakespeare study at both post-16 and degree level often involves paying close attention to screen productions and this year’s Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize encourages just such a performance approach.

 

2019 Essay Requirements

The competition for 2019 has two options:

Option 1

Write a close comparative analysis of between 1200 and 1500 words, focusing 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)

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 hard copy, accompanied by a coversheet (68kb) signed by your teacher
  • 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)

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.

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 hard copy, accompanied by a coversheet (68kb) signed by your teacher
  • It focuses on one film adaptation of your choice
  • It gives details of the title of your chosen film, as well as its director and release date
  • 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 1200 words (please write the word count at the foot of your work)

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.

 

Entries should be sent to:

Betty Haigh Shakespeare Prize Competition, 
The English Association, 
University of Leicester, 
Leicester, 
LE1 7RH.

Closing date for entries: 1st September 2019.

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