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Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Contest

Each year, Folger Shakespeare Library invites students in grades 3 through 12 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to submit original sonnets for the annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Contest. All entries must follow Shakespearean sonnet form:

  • 14 lines of iambic pentameter
  • an ABAB  CDCD  EFEF  GG rhyme scheme

A judge will select the top sonnet in each of the following categories:

Winners in each category received a full set of Shakespeare's plays. Runners-up received a copy of Shakespeare's sonnets. Winners and runners-up were invited to read their entries at Shakespeare's Birthday Open House on April 6.

The 2014 Sonnet Contest is now over. To view the winning sonnets, please click on the grade categories above. Thank you and please submit again next year.

Alberto Sangorski. Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare. Manuscript, 1926

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Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

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