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:
A panel of judges will select the top sonnet in each of the following categories:
Winners in each category receive a full set of Shakespeare’s plays. Runners-up receive a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Winners and runners-up are invited to read their entries at Shakespeare's Birthday Open House on April 21.
The sonnet contest is now over. Thank you all for your submissions. The winning sonnets will be posted shortly. Please return to this page in the fall for the 2014 Sonnet Contest details.