Sonnets for Schools Competition

2015-12-03 17:39:39 03.Dec.2015


Are you a budding bard? Do you know someone who is? Are you a teacher with a class full of young talent just waiting for a good challenge?

Writers in school years 5-13 can now become part of Much Ado About Portsmouth by writing their own sonnet and entering it in our competition.

We're looking for budding sonneteers in the following categories: Years 5-6, Years 7-11, and Years 12-13 (ages 9-11, 11-16, and 16+ years approximately).

Sonnets do not have to be written in Shakespearean language, but they should acknowledge Shakespeare's influence in some way.

Download your ENTRY FORM here! (Or use this form if submitting multiple entries, e.g. for a whole class)

All entries must be received by Friday 24th March 2016.

A Practical Guide to the Sonnets

Sonnet guideLearn how to write a sonnet with this beautifully-illustrated guide.
We're not charging for this guide, because we want it to be available to all. However, if you think we've done a good job, please register your approval by making a small donation that will help us to fund events. Remember: we are a not-for-profit festival, so any unused funding will be donated to charity.

Judging and Prize-giving

The best work in all three categories will be selected by a panel of judges, and the top three award nominees in each age group will be invited, with family, friends and school staff to the Sonnet Oscars evening on 19 April 2016 to find out who has won a Sonnet Oscar.

Winners will receive prizes from the judges and be congratulated by our mystery guest! Shortlisted writers and winners will have the chance to display their work in Portsmouth Central Library.


The Sonnet Oscars event details will be added to the site shortly, and a link will be provided here.

All profits from the event will be donated to the charity LUMOS, which supports the right of each child to family life.