Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Fondness for the Sonnet
$3 ENTRY FEE
$500 First Prize. Winners will be published in the Raintown Review, and will have a video clip of a Shakespearean Actor reading their poems posted here on the New England Shakespeare Festival website by Summer 2011. Sonnets must be Shakespearean: fourteen lines, ababcdcdefefgg rhyme scheme, basically written in iambic pentameter, variations and substitutions are permitted. Minors may enter the contest, but a parent/guardian must sign and return the Parent/Guardian permission form. Deadline August 1, 2010.
NOTE: First, the entry fee is decent, practically nothing. If you aren't willing to come off $3 for the chance at $500, you have no confidence in your work. If you are a poet, these ought to be fun. Remember high school and college attempts at writing a sonnet? They are so much fun.
DOUBLE NOTE: Ever get tunnel vision? You want to write and do nothing else? Or you need to write and get stuck gardening, cleaning, fill in the blank? When I'm gardening, I do it until I drop. When I'm writing, I do it until I'm cross-eyed and falling asleep on my hands. I wish they sold little packages of eight-hour energy at a kiosk in the mall so I could do more with this brain and body that never seems to last long enough to finish anything by bedtime.