Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Relaunch: The Rondeau Roundup's Variations on a Theme from Shakespeare Contest

The Rondeau Roundup is back! Apologies for the delay in, well, everything!

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Award did not yield enough entries to declare a winner, so I've asked the entrants to allow me to post all the poems that were entered. I will relaunch this contest in the future, but details of our current contest are below:

"Variations on a Theme from Shakespeare" Rondeau Contest: No Entry Fee!

The Rondeau Roundup blog is having a contest for the best rondeau inspired by the works of William Shakespeare!
Deadline: submitted by October 2, 2010.

Contest Rules:

Only one rondeau may be submitted per person. No entry fee. Top five rondeaus will be published on the blog ( The first place rondeau will also receive a $50 gift card from Barnes and Noble.

For this contest, I'm looking for rondeaus that follow the standard definition, as given on

"The rondeau’s form is not difficult to recognize: as it is known and practiced today, it is composed of fifteen lines, eight to ten syllables each, divided stanzaically into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. The rentrement consists of the first few words or the entire first line of the first stanza, and it recurs as the last line of both the second and third stanzas. Two rhymes guide the music of the rondeau, whose rhyme scheme is as follows (R representing the refrain): aabba aabR aabbaR."

Examples of the form: "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

No other poetic form will be accepted for this contest. Non-rhyming rondeaus can be entered, but the blog moderator's preference is for rhymed and metered rondeaus.

To enter, send a single rondeau inspired by the works of William Shakespeare to

rondeauroundup(at) (replace (at) with @) by October 2, 2010.

Winners will be announced on the Rondeau Roundup Blog on October 15, 2010.