In Commemoration of William Shakespeare’s
400th Anniversary of his death
Short Story Writing Contest
Shakespeare's plays have inspired hundreds of characters, plots, and themes in stories throughout the last 400 years. Some of the most common literary allusions today are from biblical stories and Shakespeare's work. Now, it's your turn to use the bard as YOUR bard.
Compose a short story inspired by a Shakespearean play (comedy, romance, or history). You can modernize it, change the plot line as needed, etc., as long as the overarching theme of Shakespeare's original work remains.
•Use of space: length should be around 2500-3000 words; story uses the space well to accomplish its goals (doesn’t feel too short, too long; purposeful pacing; timely and appropriate building of action, climax, denouement, etc.)
•Moving and vivid plot
•Use of language, dialogue, and human emotion.
•Clarity and precision in word choice
•Engaging, active voice; powerful, purposeful syntax
Please email finished stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.