Register your school for this program with your local English-Speaking Union Branch.
For a list of participating ESU Branches, click here.
The majority of school-wide competitions take place in Fall/Early Winter. Dates will vary depending on the availability of your venue and any local ESU Branch Competition deadlines and dates. Note: ESU Branch Competitions usually take place between January and early March (some exceptions apply).
The ideal setting has a raised platform or stage with theater-style seating. No sound system is required; students are expected to perform without amplification.
To learn more volunteer positions, click here: Staffing the Competition.
For more on prompters, see Instructions for Prompters in the Competition Handbook.
Have your competition as an individual event or combine it with another program at your school.
Tip: Hold it during an assembly period or on a weekday after school.
For more instruction, click here: Instructions for School Competition.
NOTE: This is only a guide; you can modify it in order to fit your own individual program.
• Give the school winner a copy of the School Winner Entry Form and Photo Release Form (both supplied by your local ESU Branch). The student and his or her parent/guardian should complete the appropriate sections and sign the photo release.
NOTE: The Photo Release Form is not required to compete in the Branch Competition.
• Collect the School Winner Entry Form and Photo Release Form from the student. Have the student's teacher complete the Branch Competition Entry Form's Teacher Information Section.
• Instruct the school winner to select a sonnet for their local ESU Branch Competition. Provide
the student with the Instructions for School Winner, Suggested Sonnets List and its accompanying Suggested Sonnets Packet (if applicable). See the Student Resources Page.
• Send School Winner Entry Form and Photo Release Form with copies of the student's
monologue and sonnet selections to your local ESU Branch Shakespeare Coordinator as soon as