The English-Speaking Union

2024 Shakespeare Writing Competition

I Am Shakespeare Competition

I AM Shakespeare is a a sonnet writing contest sponsored by the English-Speaking Union (ESU).  

Students will strictly follow the form of a Shakespearean sonnet (14 line, ending couple, volta, iambic pentamenter) and write a contemporary sonnet inspired by their lives.

This competition requires a good understanding of sonnet structure, and familiarity with Shakespeare's themes and works. This high-rigor competition is open to high school students only.

Students are encouraged to submit work from their actual classes, or they may submit work written specifically for this contest. 

Congratulations to our 2024 "I AM Shakespeare" Winners!

1st Place - Bhairav Lekkala - Livingston High School, NJ - "Return"

2nd Place - Chloe Stevens - West End Secondary School, NYC - "The Irony of Revenge"

3rd Place - Ngozi Ihesiaba - The Bronx High School of Science, NYC  "My Crutch"


Check back on our site in the coming months for more writing activities and contests!