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Shake Up Shakespeare Competition

2019 Competition

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and went on to write around 38 plays, 154 sonnets and numerous other poems. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright and he invented over 1,500 words that are still used today.

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on 23rd April and Shakespeare Week from 18th - 24th March 2019, we would love to read your poems inspired by Shakespeare. You could write a sonnet, or a poem inspired by one of Shakespeare's plays or characters. You could even write a poem about the life and times of Shakespeare himself!

Here at Young Writers, we love Shakespeare and are excited to be a Shakespeare Week Partner for the fourth year running!

For further information on Shakespeare Week, please visit and don't forget to check out our free Shakespeare Fact Pack!

The closing date for entries is 29th March 2019. UK entrants only.

How To Enter

Post your poem to us at:

Young Writers Shake-Up Shakespeare,
Remus House,

Please ensure your name, age and postal address are included on your work or download our entry form below. If you are submitting entries from a school, please print and complete a school entry form, which can be downloaded below, and ensure each pupil's poem has their name and age included. Alternatively, you can upload your work using the link below.

Competition open to UK residents only.

If you would like to request further entry forms, please contact us on 01733 890066 or email

Competition Terms & Conditions