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Sonnet Poetry Contest
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Contest info


FanStory has been helping writers of all skill levels to get feedback for their writing and become a part of an online writing community. It represents an unparalleled source of writing tips, challenges, and contests. In terms of the latter, FanStory is now organizing a Sonnet Poetry Contest open to writers worldwide.

It invites writers, who can come up with a sonnet in iambic pentameter, just like Shakespeare did, to engage in a contest with a cash prize.

Can you take this challenge?

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Start date

1 July 2018  -  25 July 2018


1 July 2018  -  25 July 2018


1 July 2018  -  25 July 2018



The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission.

General rules


For this contest, you are required to write a traditional sonnet poem in iambic pentameter.

  • It must consist of 14 lines.
  • It must be written in iambic pentameter (duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH-duh-DUH).
  • It must be written in the a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g rhyme scheme; the last two lines are a rhyming couplet.

Regarding the latter rule, every A rhymes with every A, every B rhymes with every B, and so forth. This type of sonnet has of three quatrains (so, four consecutive lines of verse that make up a stanza) and one couplet (two consecutive rhyming lines of verse). The structure is important. But it is not everything. A sonnet is also an argument that builds up a certain way. And how it builds up is related to its metaphors and how it moves from one metaphor to the next. In a Shakespearean sonnet, the argument builds up like this:

  • First quatrain: An exposition of the main theme and main metaphor.
  • Second quatrain: Theme and metaphor extended or complicated; often, some imaginative example is given.
  • Third quatrain: Peripeteia (a twist or conflict), often introduced by a "but" (very often leading off the ninth line).
  • Couplet: Summarizes and leaves the reader with a new, concluding image.



Age restriction: 1 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide