The Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest is free and
awards cash prizes to winners.

Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017

The Helen Schaible International Shakespearean Petrarchan Sonnet Contest 2018

Guidelines and Rules


Dear Poet,
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to write a great sonnet, like Petrarch, Sir Philip Sidney, or even Shakespeare himself? Well, you will never know unless you give it a try. You might surprise yourself!!! Enter our Sonnet Contest and see!!!

We had some great sonnets this year.
2018 Sonnet Contest Winners’ list  ➞

Congratulations to the winners!!! And many thanks to all who entered. We would also like to thank the daughters of Helen Schaible, who sponsor the contest, and our judge, Rebecca Kanan.

Please consider entering our next contest in 2019. Just send two copies of one poem. The poem may be either (1) a Traditional Sonnet, (Petrarchan or Shakespearean), or (2) a Modern, or non- Traditional Sonnet. One copy should have ID (name, address, phone no. and email) and one should have No ID. There is no entry fee. Send your poem to Barbara Eaton, Contest Chair, P.O. Box 936, Downers Grove, IL 60515-0936, USA.

The poet retains all rights. Poems will not be returned. Judges’ decisions are final.

Past Contest Winners’ lists ➞