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The 2023 Celebrate the Sonnet Event announced the winners of this year's contest. All of the winning sonnets were read at a special online/in person event on Saturday, July 15th at 11:00am CDT. More information is available here.

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The 2023 Sonnet Contest Celebrate the Sonnet Event was held on Saturday, July 15th. The winners were announced and many read their sonnets at this online celebration. Sonnet Contest judges read the sonnets for those who were unable to attend.

The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world to our artistic community in SE Minnesota – Winona. The contest originated as an extension of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF), founded in 2004.

In 2012, the contest was renamed in memory of Maria W. Faust: a Winona State University graduate in Communications; a twenty-year resident of Winona; an avid supporter of varied local arts; and a lover of poetry. Maria’s husband, Ted Haaland, took over directorship of the contest and, under his leadership, the contest grew to reach poets from around the world. In 2022, entries were submitted from 42 U.S. states, plus Washington, DC, and 10 other countries.

The 2023 contest is closed and winners will be announced on July 15, 2023. We appreciate your interest in the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest and look forward to your participation in 2024. Entries will be accepted from January 15 through June 1, 2024. Please carefully review and follow entry instructions on the How to Enter page. If you have any questions, please email