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Sunday, April 26, 2020


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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Shakespeare’s sonnets, 154 in all, demonstrate his mastery of the English language in a way that some of us might appreciate, if not fully understand, and perhaps even want to imitate.

With this in mind, the Southern Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat, will hold its SIXTH ANNUAL SONNET CONTEST in 2020.

The contest will run March 5th through April 30th providing an opportunity for folks to write like the Bard!

There will be three categories: COLLEGE/ADULT, HIGH SCHOOL, and  MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Prizes are valued over $1,000!

Winners will be announced online in May by our special mystery guest!

So, what precisely is a sonnet? Shakespeare wrote 14 line sonnets that follow a specific rhythmic pattern of iambic pentameter and an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme.

Shakespeare wrote sonnets about love, loss, and beauty, but our sonnet contest writers wrote about most ANY subject of their choosing…and had some great fun!

Sonnets can be submitted to Category (Middle, High School or Adult) AND contact information must be included with your submission.

If you have any questions, please feel free to check our FAQs page or reach us at!

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