April 10, 2016

2016 CBC Shakespeare Selfie Writing Contest: April 11-29

CBC Books is once again offering its Shakespeare Selfie Challenge for students of Gr. 7-12 who are Canadian residents.  The challenge is to write a modern-day monologue or soliloquy by a Shakespearean character based on a news event that took place between April 2015 and April 2016.

The judge will be none other than one of our favourite youngCanLit authors, Kenneth Oppel, whose award-winning books include Silverwing, Airborn, Half Brother and The Boundless.

Details for the Challenge can be found at CBC Books website here including:

  • a list of possible topics;
  • the rules and regulations;
  • discussion and videos differentiating between soliloquies and monologues;
  • the link for submitting entries as of tomorrow, April 11, 2016, 

Here's what students and teachers need to know:

Write 200-400 words as a modern-day soliloquy or monologue of one of Shakespeare's characters as he/she would think aloud to himself/herself or speak to another character about a prominent news event that took place between April 2015 and April 2016. Students can submit as many different soliloquies or monologues as they choose to write.

Monday, April 11 at 9 a.m. ET to Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. ET. 

Two separate age categories of students who are Canadian residents will be judged:

  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12 


  • An iPad mini for each category's grand prize winner.
  • The school library of each grand prize winner will receive 50 YA books from Canadian publishers Penguin Random House, Groundwood Books, Scholastic Canada, Raincoast Books, Great Plains Teen Fiction, HarperCollins Canada, Arsenal Pulp Press, and Simon & Schuster.

This is a fabulous opportunity for young people to get into some purposeful creative writing (something teachers are always eager to present to their students).  Don't miss out!

Morrow will soon be upon us
I prithee, do not tary
Draw paper and ink
And starteth writing!

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