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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 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 6.



We are now taking submissions for the 2014 Sonnet Contest.  The deadline for the contest is Friday, March 21, 2014. Please email Teri Cross Davis, poetry coordinator, tdavisat folger.edu., with submissions or mail them to the address below, attention Sonnet Contest/Poetry Coordinator.

 

Sonnet Contest/Poetry Coordinator

Folger Shakespeare Library 

201 East Capitol Street, SE,

Washington DC 20003.

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



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