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The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Poster Contest is an opportunity for area student artists to display their talents using Shakespeare’s works as inspiration. All Kansas and Missouri students in grades 4-12 are eligible.

Theme: The poster must be designed based on the 2017 Festival production, Hamlet. Posters not designed with this theme will be disqualified.

Size: Posters must be at least 8 ½” x 11” but not larger than 14” x 17”. Posters should be mounted on firm poster board or foam board no larger than 18” x 21”.

Medium: Computer-generated original artwork or manually-generated artwork (watercolor, marker, pencil, crayon, acrylic, etc.).

Identification: Please write the student’s initials and date of birth on the back of the poster. Please do not include the student or school name on the poster.

Divisions & Awards: There will be two grade divisions and two categories for Poster judging:

Group I  –  Grades 4-8
A –  Computer-Generated Original Artwork
B –  Manually-Generated Original Artwork

Group II  – Grades 9-12
A  –  Computer-Generated Original Artwork
B  –  Manually-Generated Original Artwork

Contest Deadline: All entries must be received by April 14, 2017.

Prizes: Prizes include Camp Shakespeare scholarships, a showing of your work, souvenir book, and other Shakespeare related swag!

Poster Entry Release Form

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will once again sponsor its Sonnet Contests for youth and adults.

Youth Contest
The competition is an opportunity for area student writers to display their talents using Shakespeare’s works as inspiration. All Kansas and Missouri students in grades 4-12 are eligible.

Specifications

  • Please write your sonnet in the English (or Shakespearean) form.
  • Submit your sonnet (typewritten or clearly written in ink) on one side of a single 8 ½ x 11” sheet of paper.
  • Write student’s initials and birth date on back of the sonnet.
  • Please do not include the student or school name on the sonnet.

There will be two grade divisions for youth Sonnet judging:
Group I   –   Grades 4-8
Group II  –   Grades 9-12
Prizes include Camp Shakespeare scholarships, a reading of your work, souvenir book, and other Shakespeare related swag!

Adult Contest
The competition is open to contestants 18 and older from anywhere in the United States.

Specifications

  • Please write your sonnet in the English (or Shakespearean) form.
  • Submit your sonnet (typewritten or clearly written in ink) on one side of a single 8 ½ x 11” sheet of paper.
  • Write your initials and birthdate on back of the sonnet.
  • Please do not include your name on the sonnet.

Prizes include a reading of your work, souvenir book, and other Shakespeare-related swag!

Contest Deadline: All entries must be received by April 14, 2017.

Youth Sonnet Entry and Release Form

Adult Sonnet Entry form