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The Sonnet Contest

March 26, 2019 - May 3, 2019

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, will hold its FIFTH ANNUAL SONNET CONTEST in 2019.  

The contest will run March 26 through May 3, 2019 providing an opportunity for folks to write like the Bard!

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

All finalists will have their sonnets published in the Tallahassee Democrat and the winning sonnets will be announced and read Saturday evening, May 11th, during the Southern Shakespeare Festival weekend at Cascades Park with special guest artist SONNET MAN!

Prizes are valued over $1,000!

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 our sonnet contest writers wrote about most ANY subject of their choosing…and had some great fun! 

Sonnets can be submitted to will@southernshakes.org. 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 sonnet@southernshakes.org!


March 26, 2019
May 3, 2019


Southern Shakespeare Company


Capital City Amphitheater at Cascades Park
1001 S Gadsden St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301 United States
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