Deadline: June 26
Award: £200 prize
There could not be a more apt time to shine a spotlight on the stories written by Italian author, poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio, whose work is thought to be among the classics from Italy which influenced Shakespeare in his writing.
Known as The Decameron the 14th century stories feature 10 young Florentines who flee from the Black Death to live in Naples. In all there are 100 short stories that feature a framing device and range from the erotic to the tragic, the hilarious to the instructional. In the stories individuals tell their stories to – guess what – distract themselves from the Black Death during a period of medieval quarantine.
These stories have also proved inspirational to young writer Rebekah King who has penned her own stories in the Decameron style. Rebekah has teamed up with Shakespeare in Italy on our Sharing Shakespeare platform to devise a competition open to all.
Over the next four weeks we would like you to submit a short play (audio drama) of no longer than 15 minutes – those shortlisted by our panel will be performed over two nights early in July with a director and two actors (max) assigned to each play. Then we will select an overall winner from those performed.
The plays must be written in the style of the Decameron, but must tell an original story set in our own time.
Email Submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.