Tuesday 10 May 2016

Sonnet Writing Competition #seanocarolan.com #Writing #Contest #Poetry

2016 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, and to celebrate this important year we’ve come together with The Arden Shakespeare and the Royal Society of Literature to offer an exclusive competition, open to published and aspiring poets alike.

How to enter

On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration explores how our greatest poet still speaks to today’s foremost contemporary poets in new and surprising ways. With this in mind, we want you to take inspiration from Shakespeare, and pen your very own sonnet in response to a Shakespeare sonnet of your choice.

Please email your entry to competition@bloomsbury.com. The subject line of your email must be “Sonnets competition” in order to be considered, and please mention the name of the sonnet you have been inspired by within the body of your email.

All entrants must register on www.writersandartists.co.uk before submitting your entry.

The closing date is midnight on Monday 31st May, 2016. The winners of the competition will be announced on this site in June 2016.


The first, second and third-placed sonnets will all be published on writersandartists.co.uk alongside feedback from our esteemed judge,Ruth Padel. The writer behind the first prize entry will receive a beautiful leather-bound edition of Shakespeare’s Complete Works (RRP £99.99) and free membership to the Royal Society of Literature for a year, entitling them to:
Attend RSL events – over 20 each year – free of charge
Bring guests to events at a discount
Enjoy priority booking to RSL/Man Booker masterclasses with a 50% discount
Subscribe free to the bi-annual RSL Review
Attend the RSL summer party and AGM
Receive the RSL monthly e-newsletter

The winning entry will also have the honour of being published in the Royal Society of Literature Review.

N.B. If the poet of the winning entry does not live in the UK and is unable to take advantage of the benefits of a Royal Society of Literature membership then an alternative prize of £50-worth of Bloomsbury titles will be offered.

Second and third prize entries will receive a copy of On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration, edited by Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann and a gift edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Our judge

Ruth Padel is a prize-winning British poet and author with close connections to Greece, music and conservation. Her ninth collection,Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, on creativity, conflict and the Middle East, was short-listed for the T S Eliot Prize. Her prose works include a novel featuring wildlife in India and a book on tiger conservation. Awards include First Prize in the UK National Poetry Competition, a Cholmondeley Award from The Society of Authors, an Arts Council of England Writers’ Award and a British CouncilDarwin Now Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Member of the Bombay Natural History Society, and Council Member of the Zoological Society of London.


On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration brings together 30 of the world’s leading contemporary poets, writing in response to Shakespeare’s sonnets. Published in association with the Royal Society of Literature contributing poets include: Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Jo Shapcott. To purchase On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration visit Bloomsbury.com

The Arden Shakespeare is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. For over a hundred years, it has set the gold standard for editing and publication of Shakespeare’s plays. The list now also contains a broad range of critical studies for students and scholars providing fresh insight into the work and world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including the Springboard Shakespeare, Arden Early Modern Drama and Shakespeare Now! series.

The Royal Society of Literature, founded by George IV in 1820, celebrates and nurtures all that is best in British literature, past and present. We organise over twenty events a year; offer prizes, awards and grants to established and emerging writers; run Masterclasses with the Booker Prize Foundation; and manage a Schools Outreach Programme. At the heart of the RSL is its Fellowship, which encompasses the most distinguished authors working in the English language. We aim to build bridges between our Fellows and those who enjoy their work, so that their unique talents are shared as widely as possible.

Terms and conditions

These are the full terms and conditions for Writers' & Artists' Sonnet Writing Competition 2016.

1. No purchase necessary, but entrants must be registered on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

2. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities, and you don’t have to reside in the UK to enter.

3. All entries must be original unpublished poetry.

4. Writers may submit one entry only.

5. Winners will be notified at the email address stated in their entry. Sign-up for our newsletter here if you want to be notified about the winner or check back on www.writersandartists.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where competition updates will also be posted.

6. Entries must be submitted via email to competition@bloomsbury.com with the subject heading: "Sonnets competition"

Please include your email address and other contact details in the body of the email. Your entry can appear in the body of the email or as a Word/PDF attachment. As long as it’s clear and easy to read, we have no other formatting requirements.

7. Your entry must be submitted before midnight on Monday 31st May 2016. Entries will not be accepted after this date.

8. By submitting, all entrants thereby grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the right to publish their entry onwww.writersandartists.co.uk in the event of their work being shortlisted and/or winning the competition.

9. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group cannot accept responsibility for entries which are not received or which are received after the closing date due to technical failure or for any other reason.

10. Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

11. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group and the winners may enter into agreements which will grant The Bloomsbury Publishing Group the publishing, broadcasting, serial and electronic rights in the shortlisted and winning entries.

12. The Bloomsbury Publishing Group reserves the right to change the rules of this competition without notice.

13. The winners of the competition will be notified in June 2016 and the winning entry published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

14. Prizes must be taken by 31st December 2016 and are subject to availability.

15. The decision of the competition judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. Employees of The Bloomsbury Publishing Group, and members of their immediate family, are excluded from participating in the competition.

17. We may, from time to time, inform you of new books and special offers that we think will be of interest.

18. Please send direct competition queries to waybcustomerservices@bloomsbury.com. Any sent to competition@bloomsbury.com will not be answered.

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