Read the 2012 winning essay:
by Jacob Karlsson Lagerros
About the Shakespeare Authorship High School Essay Contest
The purpose of the Shakespeare Authorship High School Essay Contest is to involve secondary school students in the creative and analytic synthesis of knowledge about Shakespeare, the Shakespearean Canon, and the Shakespeare Authorship question, by offering prizes for the best essays.
Since we began our contest in 2002, many teachers have written to thank us for the pedagogical opportunity provided by the essay contest. “Thanks so much for providing the forum to inspire students towards excellence,” wrote Audrey Wells from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
In previous contests, we’ve received hundreds of entries. Essays came not only from the United States, but from many other countries including Canada, Bulgaria, Romania, Nigeria, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom. We welcome entries from students of all nations and hope that this year many more teachers from all over the world will find the essay contest a useful resource for stimulating thinking, discussion, and the development of analytic and critical thinking skills.
Download the 2012 Contest Guidelines here.
For questions and more information about the contest and eligibility, send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Shakespeare Authorship High School Essay Contest Winners
Winner: Jacob Karlsson Lagerros
Jacob Karlsson Lagerros, a student at Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium in Stockholm Sweden, has been selected as winner of the 2012 Shakespeare Authorship High School Essay Contest. His essay, “Bringing Truth to Light – Why it Matters Who Wrote William’s Words,” was selected from more than 60 submissions.
2nd Place: Rachel Woods of Franklin, TN
3rd Place: Hayley Hohman of Mead, WA
Catherine Wu of High Point, NC
Olivia Barnett of New York City
Rachel Grewcock from Longborough High School, UK
Judges of the 2012 contest: Dr. Robin Fox, Dr. Ren Draya, and Sarah Smith.