TO: English Teachers
FROM: Billy R. Warren
DATE: September 10, 2018

It is time once again for the annual sonnet-writing contest sponsored by the Alabama Renaissance Faire as part of the celebration of Renaissance Month in October.  The response to this contest has been terrific during the 32 years of its existence, so we anticipate the same level of response this year as well.

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.)

2. Students may choose the Italian or English form, BUT IT IS NOT REQUIRED.

3. All entries must be delivered to Billy Warren’s office on the second floor of the City-County Government building, 102 South Court Street, in downtown Florence, no later than 4:00 P.M. on MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th.

NOTE: If you prefer to mail your students’ sonnets, they must be postmarked on or before October 18. Mail them to this address:

Billy Warren
City of Florence
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35631

Student work will be judged in two divisions:

Junior High (grades 7 and 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.  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.

Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

(256) 718-5020

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