By Noma Nazish
A national competition is being conducted by UCLan Publishing and the British Shakespeare Association Education Network, marking the 400th death anniversary of The Bard of Avon himself, William Shakespeare. The best entries will be published in the book titled, “Inspired by Shakespeare”.
The competition aims to celebrate Shakespearean oeuvre and its impact on art, literature and culture. Hopefully it will also encourage individuals to share their personal interpretation of his work.
Participants can submit either a piece of art or literature inspired by their favourite Shakespearean quote. The quote can be taken from his plays, sonnets or his life in general.
Types of work that can be submitted are:
- 2D Visual art
- Text based work
- Poetry (max 1,000 words)
- Short story (1,500 – 6,000 words)
- Word art
Submissions can be made either by post at the UCLan Media Factory or by email at email@example.com
The contestants will also be required to submit an application form which provides a brief bio detailing the chosen quote and how it inspired the creative piece. Application forms can be located in the Media Factory’s publishing office. The deadline for submission is 27th February, 2015.
All those who have been selected, will be notified after April 2015. The book is likely to be published in 2016.
UClan Publishing is a not-for-profit organisation. Its previous publications include works like “Letters to Africa” that features a series of letters exchanged between Lancastrian, Kenyan and Zambian children sharing stories about their lives and cultures. Other entries in the book include fictional pieces by the bestselling authors Mary Hoffman, Lauren St John and Ifeoma Onyefulu. Other publications include Swedish based documentary “Life Beneath the Northern Lights” and “The Jacqueline Wilson Fan Book”.
The books are stocked by retailers like Waterstones and Amazon. Any profits made go towards their upcoming projects or charities such as MaaChild. The charity provides secondary school bursaries to competent schoolchildren in Kenya.
If more information is required, ‘Inspired by Shakespeare’ can be found on Facebook or on Twitter: @inspiredbyshake.
Good luck to all contestants!