A great pity to change the date! April is Shakespeare's birthdate... by September, I for one, will have gone'off the boil."When 'tis done,if 'twere done, 'twere well 'twere done quickly!'
The date was changed for two reasons, Esmeralda - firstly, we haven't had a lot of entries yet and we think that might be because many people need time to wait for inspiration to strike, then to write their sonnets and then to submit them. (This is especially true of the Student section, because some high school teachers might want to make student sonnets part of their year's activities.) The second reason was because other Shakespeare groups worldwide are building up over the year to come to a clash of cymbals and a blast of horns in September-October, and we didn't want to be left out.By all means write your sonnets as they come to mind, then take your time revising them over the coming months - or writing even better ones! You might have a big enough collection to publish your own book of sonnets by year's end!