My favorite corner in Chicago has skyscrapers on three
          sides with all rectangular shapes. The el runs through the
          bottom of the scene, next to a park with black wrought-iron
          fences and globe streetlights.

Helen Schaible International
Shakespearean / Petrarchan Sonnet Contest


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 hope YOU will enter this year.  Please send TWO COPIES of ONE poem, either a Shakespearean or a Petrarchan sonnet, to Barbara L. Eaton, 416 Gierz Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA.  One copy should have ID (name, address, phone no, and email) and one should be unidentified. 

There is no entry fee.  Winners will be notified by November 1, 2017.  Good luck, and happy writing!!! 

Deadline:  September 1, 2017 (postmark)



Winners’ List from 2016


    We had some great sonnets last year.  The results of the 2016 Sonnet Contest are as follows:

    1st  Katharyn Howd Machan, The North of Skyros,” Ithaca, NY

    2nd  Raymond Peringer, “When Other Eyes,” Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

    3rd  Michael Harty, “Dandelion,” Praririe Village, KS


    HM  Mel Goldberg, “Last Dance,” Laredo, TX

    HM  Esther Whitman Johnson, “She Might As Well Have Been a Single Mom,” Roanoke, VA

    HM  Deborah LeFalle, “Revisioning 71,” San Jose, CA

    Special Recognitions:


    Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all who entered.  A special thank-you to our judge, Rebecca Kanan.  There were many wonderful poems.


 Barbara L. Eaton

 Contest Chair