Sonnet Contest


Words, words, words

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 and Sachs Media Group, is proud to announce our THIRD ANNUAL SONNET CONTEST!

This is your opportunity to try your hand at writing like the Bard!

We will have three separate categories for contest entries: COLLEGE/ADULT, HIGH SCHOOL, and MIDDLE SCHOOL.

All finalists will have their sonnet published in the Tallahassee Democrat, and the winning sonnets will be announced and read Saturday evening, May 13, 2017, during the Southern Shakespeare Festival weekend at Cascades Park!

  • 1st PLACE winner in EACH category will win an amazing BOHM Bluetooth, Wireless, Noise Cancelling, Headphone with Inline Microphone with a retail value of $169.99! 
  • 2nd PLACE winner in EACH category wins an ANKER Bluetooth Speaker with a retail value of $79.99!
  • 3rd PLACE winner in EACH category wins a BARNES AND NOBLE gift card valued at $25.00

The deadline for the contest is Friday, April 28th at 5pm. Submissions can be emailed to Please include your name, phone number, and age category along with your sonnet(s). You are allowed to submit up to five sonnets for consideration.

So, what precisely is a sonnet? Shakespeare wrote 14 line sonnets that follow a specific rhythmic and rhyming pattern of iambic pentameter. Shakespeare wrote sonnets about love, loss, and beauty, but you can write a sonnet about ANY subject of your choosing!!! Go wild and crazy…have some fun and then submit your poems to!