This essay contest recognizes outstanding research papers about Shakespeare and Christianity written by Wheaton College undergraduates.
Award winners will be announced by April 30, 2021. Award winners receive substantial prizes: $500 for first place and prize money for second place or honorable mentions varies. Award winners are also published in Wheaton Writing: A Journal of Academic Essays, alongside winners of the Jameson Critical Essay Contest and the Jameson First-Year Writing Contest. Members of the Shakespeare Advisory Board serve as judges, and a member of the Shakespeare Council serves as director of this contest.
- The essay must richly address at least one of Shakespeare’s works (e.g, a poem or play).
- The essay should be written from a distinctly Christian perspective (e.g., engaging the Bible, Christian history, theology, or a Biblical worldview).
- The essay should be persuasive and should cite a minimum of six secondary sources.
- The essay must be original, written by the student submitting the essay.
- The essay must have been written as a part of a course at Wheaton College (or during study abroad). The course must have been completed within the last two years. If the paper was not written as a part of a course at Wheaton College, then it must be accompanied by a recommendation from a Wheaton College faculty member.
- Only one essay per student per year is to be submitted.
- An essay cannot win both a Jameson Critical Essay Contest prize and an E. Beatrice Batson Shakespeare Essay Contest prize.
- The essay should not include the author’s name. Instead, it should include the student’s ID number.
- Submit the essay using this Google Form: https://forms.gle/tVoxZ5tYPrkNVJa76
Monday, April 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. This contest is sponsored by the Batson Shakespeare Society. Questions? Email Shakespeare.email@example.com