The Poetry Society of South Carolina
Mission Statement

The Poetry Society of South Carolina, established in 1920, is the oldest organization of its kind in America.  An all-volunteer group with its hub in Charleston, we exist to support the reading, writing, study, and enjoyment of poetry across the state.  We host free readings and lectures, and foster the craft of poetry by offering seminars, workshops, writers' groups, and prizes that include cash awards and publication.  Among the nationally known poets we have featured through the years, sometimes in collaboration with another group, are Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, Henry Taylor, and Billy Collins.

Our twenty-two poetry contests include the Skylark Prize, a student competition whose guidelines are sent to every public school in the state.  During some years we also hold the Kinloch Rivers Chapbook Competition.  The Writers' Groups meet regularly for discussion and critique.  The board of the Poetry Society meets once a month during the academic calendar year, and is pleased to include the current Poet Laureate of South Carolina, Marjory Wentworth.  The work that we do is supported through the dues and volunteer efforts of our members, contest entry fees, and contributions from South Carolina businesses and charities.

We welcome you to join the Poetry Society of South Carolina.  Members receive a copy of the Yearbook; notices of monthly meetings, contests, and other literary events; and the opportunity to belong to a supportive statewide community of poets and friends of poetry.

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