Alabama Renaissance Faire
Junior and Senior High School Sonnet Contest
The Alabama Renaissance Faire sponsors an annual sonnet-writing contest each October. Sonnets may be Petrarchan/Italian, Shakespearean/English, or Spenserian/English, but it is NOT required.
Student work will be judged in two divisions:
Junior High (grades 7-8).
Senior High (grades 9-12).
In keeping with the spirit of the competition, each winner (first, second and third place in each division) will receive a handsome book to add to his/her personal library. Several honorable mention ribbons will also be awarded.
Teachers this is an excellent way for your students to be involved in the Alabama Renaissance Faire’s many activities, so we urge you to encourage your students to enter. Students may also enter the contest without teacher sponsorship.
1. Entries must be typed or printed.
2. Entries must include the following heading:
a. Student Name
b. Grade Level
c. Teacher Name or Parent Name (if Homeschooled)
d. School Name or Homeschool Designation
Entries must be received by Monday, October 4, 2021
All entries must be mailed, delivered (e-mail for appointment)
or e-mailed to:
City-County Government Building
102 South Court Street, 2nd Floor
Florence, AL 35630
Rules for the Contest are as Follows:
1. All poems entered must be sonnets; that is, they must have exactly 14 lines and have a set rhyme pattern. (The student may select his/her own rhyme pattern for the purposes of this contest).
2. Students may choose the Italian or English form, BUT IT IS NOT REQUIRED for the purposes of this contest.
3. English/Shakespearean Sonnets are written in iambic pentameter, BUT IT IS NOT REQUIRED for the purposes of this contest.
Italian Form Rhyme Pattern:
ABBA ABBA (First 8 lines must follow this pattern).
CDE CDE (Last 6 lines may follow any rhyme pattern).
Shakespearean/English Form Rhyme Pattern:
ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
Spenserian/English Form Rhyme Pattern:
ABAB BCBC CDCD EE