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PSSC Poetry Competitions

PSSC has two rounds of poetry contests each academic year, Fall and Spring.

Prize-winning poems are published on this website and in the Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook, published annually since 1922 and now distributed to libraries of SC schools and universities, as well as to the membership.

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Fall Competitions, Submission Deadline November 15

Prizes will be awarded at the February meeting or mailed to those not in attendance.
The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize: $500.
Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Foundation
The Starkey Flythe, Jr., Memorial Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.
Sponsors: The Augusta Poetry Group and Friends of Starkey Flythe, Jr.
The Humorous Verse Prize: $50.
Offered for a humorous poem.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Jane L. Tyler, M.D.
The John Edward Johnson Prize: $50.
Offered for a poem of any style or nature on a religious theme or subject.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Thomas L. Johnson
The Lyric Poem Prize: $50.
Offered for the best lyric poem.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Jane L. Tyler, M.D.
The Susan Laughter Meyers Summer Scholarship: Awards one full tuition to the Hub City Writing in Place conference.
Application for this annual scholarship is open to any current PSSC adult member, except previous winners; online submissions only, $8 application fee. The three-day conference—held each year in mid-July at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC—gives writers an opportunity to study in a workshop setting, generate new work, attend faculty readings, and more. Please see the scholarship page for guidelines and additional information.
Sponsor: Friends of Susan Laughter Meyers
The Marjorie E. Peale Prize: $100.
Offered for a poem of any style which draws on the landscape, history, or spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Marjory E. Peale
The Nancy Walton Pringle Memorial Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Family and Friends of Nancy Walton Pringle
The Klyde Robinson Poetry Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem relating to Charleston, SC.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: The Robinson Family

Spring Competitions, Submission Deadline February 15

Prizes will be awarded at the Forum in May, or mailed to those not in attendance.
The John H. Bennett, Jr., Prize: $100.
Offered for a poem dealing with Charleston.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: The John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of Coastal Community Foundation
The John Robert Doyle, Jr., Prize: $100.
Designed to commemorate the long and able service of Professor Doyle to The Society. Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: D. Oliver Bowman
The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize: $100.
Offered for a poem in any style on any subject.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Jeannie King.
The Forum Prize: $200.
Honors the Writers’ Group of PSSC. Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to PSSC members only. The Spring Forum critic will choose the finalists; the winning poem will be selected by audience vote at the Spring Forum.
Sponsor: The Poetry Society of South Carolina
The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize: $50.
Offered for a garden poem.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Jane E. Freeman
The Peter Pan Prize: $50.
Offered for a poem written about childhood.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: James J. Lundy, Jr.
The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem dealing with some aspect of theater.
Open to anyone.
Sponsors: Jennet Robinson Alterman and Alix Tew
The Skylark Prize: $500.
Offered in memory of John Bennett, author of the bestselling Mister Skylark.
Open to any student enrolled in any high school English program in South Carolina, for courses English I to English 4 or for English electives. Not to exceed 32 lines, counting stanza breaks. Publication in a school magazine does not render a poem ineligible. The Skylark Prize accepts submissions through postal mail and through our submissions manager. Please see the Skylark page for guidelines and additional information.
Sponsor: Martha Bennett Stiles and The Poetry Society of South Carolina
The Dr. Linda Veldheer Memorial Prize: $200.
Offered for a rhymed, metrical poem about love/marriage.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Family and Friends of Dr. Linda Veldheer