2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition: 15-19 years old

shakepeare essay competition 2Eligibility

The contest is open to all youngsters aged 15-19
To enter the contest, you have to:

1.  leave an interesting and original comment to any of the posts from Shakespeare School blog
2.  become one of our friends on Shakespeare’ School Facebook fan page

When you fulfil these requirements, you are officially registered as participant in this competition and you can start writing your essay!


Essay topic:

If one person breaks a pattern and thinks outside the box, this first endeavour is going to be considered ingenious, original and groundbreaking.

If we all follow in this persons footsteps and break the same pattern in the same way, are we still unconventional?
Or will that simply result in yet another pattern?

Many people these days choose to wear the same brand of shoes as their peers, seem to be saving up to buy the same latest gadget and listen to the same bands as their friends, just because those are the established landmarks of nonconformism in their reference system.

It appears that in our attempt to be unique, we end up walking around as copycats of others

Could it be true, then, that conforming to nonconformism makes one a conformist?

Write an opinion essay of 350-500 words on the above-mentioned statement, give it an original title and blow our minds with your revolutionary take on breaking patterns!

Note: All essays submitted must be written in English and must be original and unpublished

Amaze us with your fresh ideas and you may win an amazing summer school in the UK!


1st Prize

–          a 2 week  summer school (15-29 July 2012) in England at OXFORD, offered byMirunette International Education travel agency
–          books & Cambridge University Press backpack offered by Fischer International
–          a surprise gift from Carturesti bookshop


* The English summer school at Oxford Brookes University includes:

English classes –  20  lessons per week, in multinational groups of maximum 15 students

-3 meals/day and 14 nights accommodation in the residence of Oxford Brookes University, Morell Hall campus, in single rooms, common bathrooms and kitchen

-Daily sports and social programme


-2 full day excursions (London, Bath)

-2 ½ day excursion (Blenheim Palace & Gardens, Cotswold Wild Life Park, etc)

-Use of textbooks and educational materials

-Certificate of attendance

-UK medical insurance


-transfer to and from London Heathrow airport

-Romanian group leader (a Shakespeare School English teacher) that will accompany the group of students

2nd Prize

– a 2 week summer school (12-26 August 2012) in England at Cambridge, offered by Studio Cambridge, the oldest language school in Cambridge, accredited by the British Council and English UK *
– books & Cambridge University Press backpack offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti


*The English summer school at Cambridge includes:


  • English classes –  20  lessons per week, in multinational groups of maximum 15 students, held at Ridley Hall College, Cambridge University
  • 3 meals/day and 14 nights accommodation in the campus of Cambridge University, double or single rooms, common bathrooms
  • Daily sports and social programme
  • 2 full day excursions (London, Bath)
  • Use of textbooks and educational materials
  • Certificate of attendance
  • medical insurance
  • transfer to and from London Heathrow airport
  • Romanian group leader (a Shakespeare School English teacher) that will accompany the group of students

3rd Prize

– a free 20 hour English summer course at Shakespeare School
– IELTS or Cambridge exam fee (KET, PET, FCE or CAE), offered by British Council
– books offered by Fischer International

5 Honourable Mentions consisting of:

–  a 50% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School
– books and dictionaries offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti

12 Special Prizes consisting of:

– a 25% discount for any intensive English summer course held at ShakespeareSchool
– 1 book offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti

Important notes:

  • participation is FREE OF CHARGE
  • all submitted essays will receive a Certificate of Participation to our essay competition
  • winning essays and other essays of merit will receive an Essay Award Certificate
  • all winning essays will be posted on Shakespeare School blog
  • English teachers that will have minimum 15 students enrolled to 2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition will receive a “Certificate of Merit” from Shakespeare School


  • all essays must be written in English
  • all essays must be original and unpublished
  • word count: 350- maximum 500 words

Judging criteria & Evaluation stages

  • Essays will be judged on: task achievement, language accuracy, register & vocabulary, organization & cohesion, originality
  • 1st stage: essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprising Shakespeare School English teachers, that will announce the best 20 essays on May 20, 2012
  • 2nd stage: the 20 finalists will be invited for a short interview, which will take place on Sunday, 27th of May, at Shakespeare School in Bucharest
  • the final results will be announced on June 10, at the award ceremony which will be held at Shakespeare School, 9 Tokio Street, Bucharest


All essays must be submitted by March 28, 2012

How to submit your essay:
– Complete the online application form on our website at “Inscriere Concurs”
– An e-mail will be sent confirming the receipt of your submission




Under the aegis of:
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Main Partner: Mirunette International Education

Sponsors: Studio Cambridge, Harrow House College, Cohn and Jansen JWT, Simaco Advertising, Vitastal Consulting

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Educational Partners: British Council, Fischer International, Carturesti
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Media Parteners: TVR, Kiss FM, Mediafax, Curierul National, 24 FUN, Teen Press, Asociatia Young Initiative,,,, Romania Pozitiva, Presa in blugi,

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