Witches. Love poetry. Dark comedy. A hero with a tragic fate! And perhaps, even a challenge to thee to rhyme.
This month, the British Council celebrates the World Shakespeare Festival! In line with that theme, Writing the City invites writers to submit a piece on the city, inspired by any one or more of the bards’ poetry and plays.
Write a modern version of Hamlet’s revenge set against the backdrop of the city, or Ophelia’s watery journey alongside the Singapore River. Explore a fantasy piece with Puck and the fairies, or a story of politics, power and tense family ties.
Among other things, Shakespeare was known for his lyricism, his wit and his wordplay. Take a leaf from the book of the bard of Avon and “give thy thoughts [a] tongue.”
Write in any genre of your choosing as long as it is based on this theme. Our judges will be looking out for pieces that take inspiration from Shakespeare’s works, and add a little something of their own.
Winners will receive the following prizes:
- First Prize: $120 Kinokuniya Book Voucher
- 2 runners up will receive London 2012 Olympic notebooks
Please make sure that you pay close attention to following all the rules and instructions below when entering the Competition:
• All Poetry entries must be no longer than 30 lines
• The maximum word limit is 650 words. There is no minimum word limit
• All entries must follow our Posting Guidelines, except regarding length
• The deadline for entries is 30 June 2012
• Sign up/in here
• Click on WRITE
• Enter your text
• Tick World Shakespeare Festival in the categories on the right hand side
• Click Publish
• Click View Post to see your entry
• Click READ to read other people’s entries
• For help, click here
For submissions: register here