J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University announces a Shakespearean sonnet-writing contest for undergraduate students sponsored by the Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta. The contest is in honor of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday on April 23.
The contest sponsors will award two cash prizes: $100 for first place and $50 for the second place winner. Poems are due by electronic submission to Dr. Tom Herron, associate professor of English, (email@example.com) by midnight on March 15, 2015.
“A parallel contest is also established for area high school students,” says Herron. “Two winners from that contest will be awarded cash prizes and will participate in the awards ceremony at ECU.”
“A Shakespearean sonnet has 14 lines with an abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme, and is in iambic pentameter,” says Dr. Corinee Guy, teaching assistant professor, in the department of English. She continues, “the poems may be about any subject.”
The winners will be notified by April 1st with an awards program scheduled on April 23. Two street performances by ECU’s Storybrook Theatre are scheduled on April 23 at 2:15pm in front of Wright Auditorium and 2:45pm in front of Joyner Library.
The awards program will begin at 3:00pm in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, on the second floor of Joyner Library, and includes a presentation “The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets” by Dr. David Wilson-Okamura, professor of English. Awards with student readings and refreshments will follow.
Shakespeare’s Coriolanus performed by ECU School of Theatre and Dance runs April 23-28, 2015. Visit www.ECUARTS for details.
For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.
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