Previous Winners

2008 Competition

The winning entrant in the 2008 competition was John Haidar of Bablake School who received a copy of Shakespeare's Complete Works, edited by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, kindly donated by Oxford University Press. John's essay was published in the Summer 2008 issue of the English Association Newsletter.

2007 Competition

The winning entrant in the 2007 competition was Alexandra Hedges of Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls who received a signed copy of Michael Wood's In Search of Shakespeare. Alexandra's essay, ‘How far and in what way do you see As You Like It as a comedy?’, was published in the Summer 2007 issue of the English Association Newsletter.

Catherine Lough, also of Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, was Highly Commended.

The prize was not awarded in 2006

2005 Competition

The winner of the 2005 competition was George Reynolds of Eton College for his essay 'Villainy in Titus Andronicus, Othello and King Lear'. George won a copy of the Essential Shakespeare Handbook, kindly donated by Dorling Kindersley, and his essay appeared in the Summer 2005 issue of the English Association Newsletter.

The judges were particularly impressed by the high standard of entries this year. The following entrants were Highly Commended: Catherine Doyle, Tormead School; Ciara Foster, Rugby School; Lucy Kellett, Eastbourne College.

2004 Competition

The winner of the 2004 competition was Rebecca Campbell of Watford Grammar School for Girls, for her essay 'Compare Enobarbus's description of Cleopatra's first meeting with Antony ('When she first met' ... 'for what his eyes eat only': 2.2.191-231) with Plutarch's account in the Life of Marcus Aurelius. John Wilders comments that "in this passage Shakespeare follows Plutarch in closer detail than anywhere else in the play."

Rebecca won a copy of the Essential Shakespeare Handbook, kindly donated by Dorling Kindersley, and her essay appeared in the Summer 2004 issue of the English Association Newsletter.

2003 Competition

The winner of the 2003 competition was Leon Pickering of Norwich School, for his essay 'Why should the tragedy of King Lear contain so much comedy?'

Leon received a copy of The Riverside Shakespeare, kindly donated by Houghton Mifflin, and his essay appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2003 issue of the English Association Newsletter.

2002 Competition

The winner of the 2002 competition was Olivia Potter of Newcastle-under-Lyme School, for her essay "Crowd Scenes in Shakespeare's Plays".

Olivia won a copy of the Riverside Anthology of Literature and her essay appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of the English Association Newsletter.

2001 Competition

The winner of the 2001 competition was Henry Gardener of Alton College in Hampshire for his essay 'Compare and contrast the attitudes and behaviour of Hector and Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida. Why does Shakespeare choose to portray them in this way?'.

Henry won a copy of The Norton Shakespeare and his essay was published in the English Association Newsletter.

2000 Competition

The winner was Wendy Hanson of Newcastle-under-Lyme School in Staffordshire for her essay '"Priming the audience": the second scenes of Shakespeare's comedies.'

1998 Competition

The 1999 competition was won by James Rogan of St Paul's School, London, for 'The Darker Elements of Shakespeare's Early Comedies.' James won a copy of The Riverside Shakespeare.

1997 competition

The winner of the inaugural competition was Xana Jones of Newport Free Grammar School for her essay 'What are the implications for form and meaning of those moments in King Lear, dramatic and linguistic, where Shakespeare explores the limitations of language?'

Xana received a cheque for £25.00.

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