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  • aejos
    The Great River Shakespeare Festival is now accepting entries for the 2013 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. http://grsf.org/education/for-everyone/sonnet-contest
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 10 6:57 AM
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      The Great River Shakespeare Festival is now accepting entries for the 2013 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.
      http://grsf.org/education/for-everyone/sonnet-contest
      The Great River Shakespeare Festival is proud to feature its sixth annual sonnet contest celebrating the memory of a wonderful Winona woman who was a passionate supporter of poetry, the arts and GRSF. Contest activities this year will include the Sonnet Contest itself, which has attracted entrants from around the world, as well as the official award ceremony at a reception which includes the reading of prize-winning sonnets and the recognition of winning poets. Emilio DeGrazia, current Winona Poet Laureate, will serve as Director of this year’s sonnet events.


      The Contest will conclude with the GRSF Front Porch Reception and Reading on Saturday, August 3rd at 10:30 AM in the Winona State University Science Atrium. Mark your calendar to join us that day for a reading of this year’s winning sonnets and the opportunity to meet some of the poets. The Reception is a free event.
      Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be awarded in a number of categories including: Best Overall Sonnet, Laureate’s Choice, and Best Local, Best Love, Best Humorous, and Best Youth Sonnets. Entries need not be earmarked for any particular category, although the entrant may so designate.
      Ready to give it a try?
      Sonnets may be written in Shakespearian, Petrarchan, Spenserian, or non-traditional forms. The Contest fee is $5.00 for up to 3 sonnets. Entries must be sent via First Class mail, and post-marked no later than July 15, addressed to:

      GRSF Maria W. Faust Sonnet contest
      c/o Emilio DeGrazia
      211 W. Wabasha Street
      Winona, MN 55987.

      Entry fee checks should be made out to

      Ted Haaland
      Memo’d for: Maria W. Faust Fund

      Winners will be announced by August 3rd on this web page. Submissions will not be returned. Please include a separate sheet with your name, address, email, phone number, and titles of the poems. Please, no names on the poems, and please mention where you learned about the Contest.
      Click here to read the 2012 winning sonnets and the 2010 winners here.
      What is a sonnet?
      A sonnet is fourteen lines of iambic pentameter usually in either a Petrarchan, Shakespearian, or Spencerian rhyme scheme. Shakespeare wrote 154 of them. Petrarch wrote 317. We bet you could write just one!
      Rhyme Schemes:


      Shakespearean:
      Spenserian:
      Petrarchan:

      ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
      ABAB BCBC CDCD EE
      ABBA ABBA CDE CDE


      What is iambic pentameter?
      One of the most common meters in formal poetry (most of Shakespeare’s plays are written in iambic pentameter), it consists of a line roughly ten syllables long with five strong stresses, many of which aternate unstress/stress.
      Who can enter the contest?
      Anyone and everyone. That means you! (In fairness, please let us know if you are professional poet.)
      CATEGORIES
      Overall Sonnet
      Traditional Sonnet
      Non-Traditional Sonnet
      Sonnet by a Young Person
      Love Sonnet
      PRIZES
      …oh yes, there are prizes…
      and
      The chance to have your poem read by a Shakespearean actor at the end of the season, when the winners will be announced


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    • aejos
      The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest The Great River Shakespeare Festival is now accepting entries for the 2014 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. This year’s
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 29, 2014
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        The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

        The Great River Shakespeare Festival is now accepting entries for the 2014 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.

        This year’s Contest, the seventh annual, celebrates the memory of Maria Faust, who was a lover of poetry and a passionate supporter of the arts and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The Sonnet Contest itself has attracted international entrants, and Contest activities this year may include an opening event that features a discussion and sharing of sonnet forms. A closing award ceremony, which includes the reading of prize-winning sonnets and recognition of winning poets will conclude this year’s contest.

        The free reception Award Ceremony will be the closing GRSF Front Porch Event on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Miller Auditorium of Stark Hall at Winona State University. Mark your calendar for readings of the sonnets by members of the GRSF company and the opportunity to meet some of the poets.

        Cash prizes, totaling $1,200, will be awarded in a number of categories, including:

        • Best Overall
        • Best Yourth (17 & Under)
        • Laureate’s Choices
        • Local Area (Winona & adjacent counties): Adult and Youth

        Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-Traditional form, and the contest is open to anyone interested in participating.

        The Contest entry fee is $5.00 for up to 3 sonnets. Enclose the entry fee check made out to: Ted Haaland, with a memo of “Maria W. Faust Fund.” Entries must be post-marked, First-Class mail, no later than July 1st, addressed to:

        GRSF Maria W. Faust Sonnet contest
        c/o Emilio DeGrazia
        211 West Wabasha Street
        Winona, MN 55987
         
         

        Submissions will not be returned. Do not include your name on the sonnet submissions. Please include a separate information sheet with your name, address, email, phone number, Names of Sonnets, Age (if entering Local Area/17 and under), and how you heard about the Sonnet Contest.

        Winners will be announced by August 2nd online.


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