2022 Sonnet Contest Winners

The 2022 Winning Sonnets were announced publicly at our Celebrate the Sonnet event on July 30, 2022. Many of the winners participated and the full recording of the event is available on our Events page. The slide show below lists all of the winners along with the people who make the Sonnet Contest possible.

The sonnets are published in a flipbook. Click here to read all of the winning sonnets.

2022 Sonnet Contest Winners

(The sonnets are published in a flipbook. Click here to read all of the winning sonnets.)


faraway mindMaithreyi Bharathi (Saratoga, California)

Putin’s MariupolMichael Harty (Prairie Village, Kansas)

A Death in AutumnMiles David Moore (Alexandria, Virginia)

First Married ChristmasMarcia Ratliff (Winona, Minnesota)


EmergenceScott Lowery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

1984David Southward (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Eve in a BarJoel Van Valin (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

Turtle Lake NocturneSteven R. Vogel (Rochester, Minnesota)

[entrants high school and under]

Sea ChangeRiona Duncan (Chicago, Illinois)

Sunless ShadeAbigail Rinkenberger (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)

The Chaser of WordsLucy Severson (Winona, Minnesota)

GrowthGwendolyn Taylor (Rockville, Maryland)


UvaldePaul Buchheit (Chicago, Illinois)

Star SymphonyNiccolò Campus (Florence, Italy)

Rules for Trans Guys, Sonnet #2Max Delsohn (Syracuse, New York)

ClamdiggersAaron Fischer (Fort Lee, New Jersey)

Lunchtime on the BlockJonathan Holland (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

Small TalkMelissa Johnson (Boalsburg, Pennsylvania)

Widow's WalkAllison Joseph (Carbondale, Illinois)

Written in LightSiham Karami (Orlando, Florida)

Maple Keys and DucklingsMatthew King (Marmora, Ontario Canada)

To HomerAnthony Knight (Billericay, United Kingdom)

Neighbor's LamentCharles Leggett (Seattle, Washington)

Fierce FeathersLynne Page (Ventura, California)

Elegy for a County Fair GoldfishJoseph Paulson (Los Angeles, California)

Invisible Before Us Untouched and Still PossibleJanet Ruth (Corrales, New Mexico)

MoreJulia Travers (Gordonsville, Virginia)

Childhood 1919David Whippman (Blackpool United Kingdom)