Welcome To Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Week competition 2021

Explore your identity this Shakespeare Week!

"This above all, to thine own self be true...". What does this quote mean to you? Send us your creative response for a chance to win some fabulous prizes

Calling all creative younglings! It’s not always easy being ourselves and sometimes we’re afraid to be who we are in case others judge us. But being true to ourselves is important for our wellbeing and self-esteem. This Shakespeare Week we’re inviting you to explore your identity and be proud of yourself!

To get you started we asked several well-known children’s figures including award-winning children's author Marcia Williams, CBeebies presenter Ben Cajee and CBBC presenter Nikki Lilly to explore their identities by responding to the famous Shakespeare quote from Hamlet:

This above all, to thine own self be true...

You can see their creative responses and many other famous children’s celebrities’ in our online exhibition

Now it’s your turn! We’d like you to do the same and enter our fabulous Shakespeare Week 2021 competition: To thine own self be true

Show us what this quote means to you by sending us a creative response – you can send a poem, a piece of writing, a poster, picture, piece of art or even a short video – the choice is yours! There are lots of ideas for ways to enter here.

Primary school children can enter work under one of four categories: 

· Reception and Key Stage 1 school entry (Years R, 1 and 2 at school); 

· Key Stage 2 school entry (Years 3-6 at school); 

· Individual entry (4-7 years); 

· Individual entry (8-11 years).

Winning entries will be displayed alongside responses from well-known children’s figures in our online exhibition hosted on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website.

How to enter 

Entry to the competition is FREE. You may send your entries by email (including photographs and video clips) to:

[email protected]

Or by post to:

Shakespeare Week Competition 
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon 
CV37 6QW

Please include the following information with each entry:

·        First name

·        Age (and school year)

·        School or home address as applicable

·        Email address (plus the teacher’s contact name for school entries)

·        A little bit about your creative response (What medium did you choose? How did you do it? What does it represent? When have you been true to yourself?)

If you would like your entries to be returned just write 'please return' on the back and include a stamped addressed envelope. Unfortunately we can only return entries with the correct postage and packaging included.

Please send your entries to us to arrive no later than Wednesday 31 March 2021 

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your fantastic entries! 

The prizes

Each of our four category winners will have their entry included in our online exhibition, as well as a bundle of Shakespeare books.

Winners will also receive the following fantastic prizes:

Reception & KS1 prize: a creative wellbeing and literacy workshop for the whole class from leading education company As Creatives. 

KS2 prize: a creative wellbeing and literacy workshop for the whole class from leading education company As Creatives. 

Individual prizes (primary school children 4-7 years and 8-11 years): a bundle of Shakespeare themed goodies, art materials and books.

Need to know

Entries must be received by Wednesday 31 March 2021. Entries must have the correct postage and packaging if you'd like your entry to be returned. The winners will be officially announced on the Shakespeare Week website after the Easter Holidays (please check this page for updates nearer the time).

All entrants must live in the UK, be under the age of 12 (in Years R to 6 or equivalent) and should ask permission from a teacher, parent or guardian before entering.

Prizes are subject to availability and do not include travel expenses. If, in circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to provide the stated prize we will try to offer an alternative prize of a similar value. No cash alternative will be offered.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reserves the right to amend or cancel the competition at any time, if deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside of the Trust's control.

By submitting an entry you (or your parents/guardian or teacher) are agreeing to abide by the full Terms & Conditions of this competition, so please take a minute to read them over.