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The Four Seasons of Napa Valley Poetry Contest


One First Place prize will be awarded for each season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Each First Place winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to use toward college studies or other educational pursuits.


Did you know that Antonio Vivaldi wrote four sonnets to accompany his famous Four Seasons?

Now, to commemorate its 15th anniversary season, Festival Napa Valley has launched a poetry competition open to Napa County high school students, to compose new poetry on The Four Seasons of Napa Valley.  

The poems will be chosen through a contest open to all Napa County high school students. The jury will be comprised of community leaders, educators, and artists.

Four winners (one per season) will be selected and each will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards college studies or other educational pursuits. The winning poems will be read by a celebrity narrator at The Four Seasons of Napa Valley performance on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Far Niente Winery.

Students should register and upload their entries through the link below.

Winners will be announced on April 2, by Miss America Nia Imani Franklin, during Festival Napa Valley's Springboard Community Concert at Napa Valley College.

Competition Jurors

Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education

Mary Grace, Vice President of Marketing, Far Niente

Karen Provenza, ACNV Education Alliance



Entries Open: January 27, 2020

Submission Deadline: February 29, 2020

Winners Announced: April 2, 2020, at Napa Valley College

Poetry Performed: Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Far Niente Winery



Poet must be at least 13 years old.

Poet must be enrolled in a Napa County high school, home school program, or independent study.

Poet must be in good academic and attendance standing.

Competition Rules

Craft a sonnet about one of the four seasons in Napa Valley: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, as inspired by the music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Poem must be a sonnet following the traditional format of 14 lines and written in iambic pentameter.

The poem must be an original work in its entirety.

Poets may only submit one poem per season, but are encouraged to submit poems for multiple seasons.

Poems can be submitted in English or Spanish.

Submissions will be judged on a scored rubric by each of the judges. The poems with the highest cumulative scores will be awarded the First Prize. In the event of a tie, the poem with the highest thematic score will win.



Links to recordings

Educational Information about Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Submission Period Has Ended


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