Spring 2015



PSSC Summer Scholarship

Celeste McMaster is the inaugural winner of the PSSC Summer Scholarship, awarding her the opportunity to attend the 2016 Hub City Writing in Place Conference at Wofford College in July, where she will participate in the workshop of poet Kate Daniels. This year’s PSSC Summer Scholarship competition was judged by Florida poet Lola Haskins. Check our website this fall for the updated guidelines for next year’s competition.
Celeste is an associate professor at Charleston Southern University.  She has published poetry and fiction in Short Story, The Dos Passos Review, Mslexia, New Delta Review, Arkansas Review, and The Whale, and is the winner of the 2016 Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest.  She also won CSU's 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Read Celeste McMaster's "The Rusty Barrel", first published in The Whale.


The Skylark Prize
  • Winner: "Grandfather Dan, My Dad, Kitchen Table, 2005" by Samuel Lewis Gee, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
  • Second Place: "while calling an ex-lover I tell her" by Maddie Elizabeth Clevenstine, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
  • Third Place:
    • "Half Empty" by Carson Peaden, Charleston County School of the Arts
    • "The Flesh of Dreams You Don’t Want to Have" by Jamison Wells Rankin, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
  • Honorable Mention:
    • "the dancer (an autobiography)" by Sally Elizabeth Cannon, Seneca High School
    • "Abroad" by Anna Ferguson Sheppard, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
    • "Lost Voices" by Benjamin T. Ragan, Southside High School, Greenville, SC
Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize  (judge: Gil Allen)
  • Winner: "Blue Skies" by Tim Harkins
  • Honorable Mention: Libby Bernardin
Peter Pan Prize (judge: Val Nieman)
  • Winner: "17-year Locusts" by Gregory Lobas
  • Honorable Mention: Debra McQueen
Humorous (judge: Val Nieman)
  • Winner: "Toilet Humor" by Tim Harkins
  • Honorable Mention: James Hudson
John Doyle Prize (judge: Val Nieman) John H. Bennett Jr. Prize (judge: Alice Osborn) Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize (judge: Alice Osborn)
  • Winner: "Advice" by Debra McQueen
  • Honorable Mention: Mary O’Keefe Brady
Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize (judge: Alice Osborn) Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize (judge: Alice Osborn) Beatriz Ravenel Prize (judge: Alice Osborn) Forum Prize (judge: Hastings Hensel)
  • Winner: "Uncle Crazy" by Aly Goodwin
  • Finalists: Anne Herlong-Bodman, Charles Watts

Fall 2015



Pegasus Prize (judge: Val Nieman)
  • Winner: "Dog Beach," by Brian Slusher
  • Honorable Mention: Jerri Chaplin
  • Honorable Mention: Terresa Haskew
Pringle Prize (judge: Val Nieman)
  • Winner: "Worn by the Wind," Kit Loney
  • Honorable Mention: Brian Slusher
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Rosko
Flythe Prize (judge: Val Nieman)
  • Winner: "Ghost Dance," by J. Stephen Rhodes
  • Honorable Mention: Laurel Blossom
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Rosko
The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize (judge: Gil Allen) The Lyric Poem Prize (judge: Gil Allen)
  • Winner: "Flight of Fancy," by Tim Harkins
  • Honorable Mention: Thomas Johnson
The Marjorie E. Peale Prize (judge: Gil Allen) The Jane Moran Prize (judge: Gil Allen) The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize (judge Alice Osborn)
  • Winner: “Origins” by Terri McCord
  • Honorable Mention: Terresa Haskew
The Constance Pulz Prize (judge Alice Osborn)
  • Winner: “Crow Augury” by Terri McCord
  • Honorable Mention: Tim Harkins
The John Edward Johnson Prize (judge Alice Osborn) Archibald Rutledge Award (judge Alice Osborn)
  • Winner: “Like Wings” by Libby Bernardin
  • Honorable Mention: J. Stephen Rhodes

Spring 2015



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Debra Daniel, "My First Visit to Charleston..."
Judge -- Vernon Folks

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Brian Slusher, "Boy Vs. Ocean"
Honorable Mention: Tim Harkins, "Nubble Lighthouse"
Judge -- Jon Pineda

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Aly Goodwin, "Pyramid"
Honorable Mention: Sara Gipson, "Tomatoes Yield to Tornadoes"
Judge -- Vernon Folks

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Kit Loney, "Ballad"
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Bartell, "the poet is thirty" and Charles Watts, "I Inherit from My Father"
Judge -- Emma Bolden

The Forum Prize
Libby Bernardin, "And when the forest of your bearable life appears"

The Humorous Verse Prize
John Corless, Untitled ("Carpe Diem, seize the day")
Judge -- Vernon Folks

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Ruth ILG, "Barren"
Honorable Mention: Laurel Blossom, "Witness the Yellow Tulip Tree"
Judge -- Jon Pineda

The Peter Pan Prize
Farley Briggs, "The Silver Meteor"
Honorable Mention: William Winslow, "Soco Gap Trout Ponds"
Judge -- Jon Pineda

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Debra Daniel, "On Windy Hill Pier Where My Father and Uncle Fished Away Their Summer"
Honorable Mention: Jesse Hunt, "pawley's island"
Judge -- Jon Pineda

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Charles Watt, "Creation"
Honorable Mention: Ruth ILG, "Yellow Umbrella Man" and Michael Lythgoe, "Swan Lake"
Judge -- Emma Bolden

The Skylark Prize
Cameron Messinides, "Story of a Carolina Monsoon"

Fall 2014



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Ethan Fugate, "Flight 17" (from Nouveaux Contes de Fees)

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Terri McCord, "God Backwards"

The Lyric Poem Prize
Terri McCord, "Asleep Near Tracks"

The Jane Moran Prize
Maria Martin, "The Spring the Flowers Fell"

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Ellen McNeal, "Day"

The Pegasus Prize
Ruth Ilg, "Vanishing Point"

The Nancy Walton Pringle Memorial Prize
Ethan Fugate, "Prosonomasia"

The Constance Pultz Prize
Libby Bernardin, "A Piece of Light Fabric"

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Ed Gold, "If, then"

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Maria Martin, "Florence in the middle of the day"

The Starkey Flythe, Jr., Memorial Prize
Teressa Haskew, "Hemp Hearts"

Judges for PSSC's 2014-15 Competitions:



Emma Bolden is the author of Malificae (GenPop Books, 2013), a book-length series of poems about the witch trials in early modern Europe, and medi(t)ations, a book-length poem forthcoming from Noctuary Press. She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry: How to Recognize a Lady (Toadlily Press), The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press), The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press) and This Is Our Hollywood (The Chapbook), and a nonfiction chapbook, Geography V (forthcoming from Winged City Press).

Jon Pineda is author of The Translator’s Diary (2007 Green Rose Prize), Birthmark (2003 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry), the forthcoming Little Anodynes (Palmetto Poetry Series), and a novel, Apology (2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize). He teaches creative writing at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, where he lives with his family, and is a member of the core faculty of the Queens University MFA program.

Vernon Fowlkes, Jr. is the author of The Sound of Falling. His poems have appeared in various magazines and literary journals across the country, among them The Southern Review, Elk River Review, The Texas Observer, Willow Springs, JAMA, and Birmingham Arts Journal.

Spring 2014



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Brian Slusher,
“Reenactment: Charleston, SC 12/20/10”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Debra Daniel, “Life Under Water”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Brian Slusher, “In the Worm’s Kitchen”

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Aly Goodwin, “In the Moon of Marsh Marigolds”

The Forum Prize
Brian Slusher, “Stocking”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Brian Slusher, “Dr. Roget’s Favorite Pick up Line”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Libby Bernardin, “Naming in the Garden at the Headwaters of the Tigris and the Euphrates”

The Peter Pan Prize
Sherry Beasley, “Visiting My Cousin in Richmond”

The PSSC Spring Fever Memorial Prize
Tim Taylor, “Night Song”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
William Winslow, “Late Autumn”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
was not awarded this year.

The Skylark Prize
Aurelyn Van Kirk, “As I Bathe”

Fall 2013



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Ellen E. Hyatt, “Daffodils”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Michael H. Lythgoe, “Lenten Sonnet (II)”

The Lyric Poem Prize
William Winslow, “Last Night at Home (letter from Vietnam)”

The Jane Moran Prize
Brian Slusher, “The Means of Production”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Photography Class—Lessons in Black and White”

The Pegasus Prize
Elizabeth Bernardin, “How the Painter Giovanni Signorini Renders Celebration As the People Gather on the Ponte alla Carraia in Florence”

The Nancy Walton Pringle Memorial Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Violin Played as Titanic Sank Sells for $1.7 Million”

The Constance Pultz Prize
Laurel Blossom, “Jason is Risen”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
TIm Harkins, “Choosing Totems”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Susan Finch Stevens, “Scuppernongs”

Judges for PSSC's 2013-14 Competitions:



Paulette Beete’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Escape Into Life, and Provincetown Arts. She is the author of two chapbooks: Voice Lessons (Plan B Press, 2011) and Blues for a Pretty Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2005), and she blogs occasionally at thehomebeete.com.

Josh Bell is the author of No Planets Strike (U. Nebraska Press, 2005). He has an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a Ph.D. from U. Cincinnati. Formerly a Lecturer in the Columbia U. MFA program, he is currently Briggs Copeland Lecturer on English at Harvard University. He has recently published poems in The New Republic, Tin House, The Awl, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Sean Heuston, Sean Heuston is Associate Professor of English at The Citadel. His book Modern Poetry and Ethnography: Yeats, Frost, Warren, Heaney, and the Poet as Anthropologiste was named a Choice Distinguished Academic Title. He has published scholarly articles in journals such as Mississippi Quarterly, Studies in Popular Culture, The Film and History Annual, The International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Notes and Queries, and College Teaching. He earned a B.A. in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; an M.A. in English from Stanford University; and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. He has taught at The Citadel since 2002.

Spring 2013



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Tim Harkins, “Return to Charleston”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Brian Slusher, “Adrift”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Tim Taylor, “thanks”

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Brian Slusher, “Losing Season”

The Forum Prize
Denise K. James, “Stephanie, 12:30 a.m.”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Tim Harkins, “Trip to the Zoo”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Aly Goodwin, “The Man with the Plow”

The Peter Pan Prize
Sybil B. Collins, “The Trade: The Tale of a Cat and a Crow”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Emily Abedon, “Shrill and Young, and Most Persistent”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Brian Slusher, “I Saw the Opera of My Life”

The Skylark Prize
Kirby Knowlton, “my aunt on dauphine street”

Judges for Spring 2013 Competitions:



Eric Nelson’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Southern Review, Missouri Review, The Sun, and Oxford American. He has been a Featured Poet on Poetry magazine’s website, Verse Daily, and Poetry Daily. His poems also appear in several anthologies, including A New Geography of Poets, (University of Arkansas Press); I Feel A Little Jumpy Around You, (Simon and Schuster); and Georgia Voices: Poetry (University of Georgia Press). Among his awards are the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award, the Arkansas Poetry Award, and fellowships to the Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. His books include The Twins (Split Oak Press, 2009), Terrestrials (Texas Review Press, 2004), The Interpretation of Waking Life (University of Arkansas Press, 1991), The Light Bringers (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1984), and On Call (Moonsquilt Press, 1983).

David St. John is the author of ten collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award), most recently, The Auroras. He is also the co-editor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. He teaches in the Ph. D Program in Literature and Creative Writing at The University of Southern California and lives in Venice Beach.

Jillian Weise is the author of a poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (2007), and a novel, The Colony (2010). PBS and the Poetry Foundation selected her poem “Incision” for the film series Poetry Everywhere. Her work has been anthologized in Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability; Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House; and Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Justice, Protest and Hope. She identifies as a cyborg and discusses the identity in essays for The New York Times and the online magazine Drunken Boat. She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson, and contributing editor for The South Carolina Review. She has been awarded fellowships from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Fulbright Program. Her forthcoming collection, The Book of Goodbyes, won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and will be published by BOA Editions this fall.


Fall 2012



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Danielle DeTiberus, “I Thought After Thirty”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Frances J. Pearce “My Mind Wanders During the Morning Service”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Warren Slesinger, “Wren”

The Jane Moran Prize
Danielle DeTiberus, “Love and Other Hand Grenades”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Melissa Slayton, “Wisteria”

The Pegasus Prize
Ruth Ilg, “March 20th”

The Constance Pultz Prize
Starkey Flythe, “Katherine locked in the bathroom”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Melissa Slayton, “Newer Endymion”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Ann Herlong-Bodman, “Lost and Found”

Judges for Fall 2012 Competitions:



Gerry LaFemina’s latest books are Steam Punk (chapbook, Smalls Press, 2012) and Vanishing Horizon (2011, Anhinga Press). He directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University where he also teaches, and he teaches private workshops online throughout the year. For more you can email him at <gerrylafemina@gmail.com>

Eric Nelson has published four collections of poetry, including Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award (2004), and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award (1991). He coordinates the Department of Writing and Linguistics’ creative writing concentration at Georgia Southern University.

Tara Powell is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of Physical Science (2010), a chapbook of poems from Finishing Line Press, and a book of literary scholarship called The Intellectual in Twentieth-Century Southern Literature (2012), from Louisiana State University Press.

Spring 2012



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Carol G. Furtwangler, “Single House”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Deborah Lawson Scott, “Countdown”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Kit Loney, “Dragonskins”

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Ruth Ilg, “Cambodia”

The Forum Prize
Ed Madden, “Before the Viewing”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Jack Tracey, “Car Encounter”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Frances J. Pearce, “Moonflower”

The Peter Pan Prize
Danny B. Riley, “Little Duckling”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Starkey Flythe, “Jr. League Cookbook”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Frances J. Pearce, “Casting Call”

The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Ed Madden, “That Day”

The Skylark Prize
Zoe Abedon, Solitude: To Be

Judges for Spring 2012 Competitions



Sandra Beasley
is the author of three books: I Was the Jukebox, which won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, which won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergies. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Garrett Doherty
has since 2001 served sometimes as Editor and sometimes as Managing Editor of Crazyhorse literary journal. His poems have been published in Poetry, Verse, The Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Slate.com, The New Republic, and elsewhere.

Worthy Evans
has grown up with, lived in, and reported on all four regions of South Carolina over the course of his short life and loves each dearly. A history graduate from the College of Charleston, he currently works as a communications specialist for a Medicare contractor and writes a little something every day, sometimes about his two children. Green Revolver (USC Press, 2010) is his first book, which won the 2009 SC Poetry Prize.

Tara Powell
is an associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the Univ. of South Carolina, where she teaches courses in regional studies, southern literature, and creative writing.  She is the author of Physical Science (2010), a chapbook of poems from Finishing Line Press, and a book of literary scholarship called The Intellectual in Twentieth-Century Southern Literature (2012), from Louisiana State University Press.

Fall 2011



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Kit Loney, “History of Petticoats”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Randy Spencer, “Ice Jesus”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Melissa Slayton, “The Pianist”

The Carrie Allen McCray Prize
Debra A. Daniel,“The Homeless Men of Paris and their Cats”

The Jane Moran Prize
Scott Owens, “Preservation”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Playing Mary Chesnut”

The Pegasus Prize
Aly Goodwin, “Captain Cook's First Mate Speaks aboard
                    the Resolution, Antarctica, 1765”


The Constance Pultz Memorial Prize
Alice Osborn, “Saturday Banking in Northern Virginia”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Terri Lee McCord, “The Vacant House across the Street”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Eileen Rush, “The Second Mallard”

Judges for Fall 2011 Competitions



Sandra Beasley
Sandra Beasley is the author of three books: I Was the Jukebox, which won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, which won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergies. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Worthy Evans
Worthy Evans has grown up with, lived in, and reported on all four regions of South Carolina over the course of his short life and loves each dearly. A history graduate from the College of Charleston, he currently works as a communications specialist for a Medicare contractor and writes a little something every day, sometimes about his two children. Green Revolver (USC Press, 2010) is his first book, which won the 2009 SC Poetry Prize.

Diana Pinckney
A native of S.C., Diana Pinckney lives in Charlotte. Her work has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Atlanta Review, Iodine, Cave Wall, RHINO, Ekphrasis and numerous publications. A five-time Pushcart nominee, she has four collections of poetry: Fishing With Tall Women, winner of the Kinloch Rivers Memorial Chapbook Award and Persephone Press Book Award; White Linen, Nightshade Press; Alchemy, Main Street Rag; and Green Daughters, released this spring from Lorimer Press.

Barbara Presnell North Carolina poet Barbara Presnell’s collection, Piece Work, won the 2006 Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize, and was published by CSU in 2007. She has published three chapbooks, Snake Dreams, Unravelings, and Los Hijo. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including  The Southern Review, Cimarron Review, and The Laurel Review, and anthologies, including Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia.

Spring 2011



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Brian Slusher, “On the Battery”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Ann Herlong-Bodman, “At Midnight”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Michael Hugh Lythgoe, “Of Birds & Angels at The Post Office”

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Swan in Bare Outline”

The Forum Prize
Deborah Lawson Scott, “After the Grass”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Starkey Flythe, “We're Taking the Real Estate Exam”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Kit Loney, “Buzz and Tumble”

The Peter Pan Prize
Jerri Chaplin, “Direction (for a child)”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Brian Slusher, “Shadowbox”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Pantomime”

The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Terri McCord, “The Light”

The Skylark Prize
Allison Cooke, “Butterfly Road”

Judges for PSSCs Spring 2011 Competitions



Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses. Albergotti currently teaches creative writing and literature courses and edits the online journal Waccamaw at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.

Gilbert Allen lives in Travelers Rest, SC, and teaches at Furman University, where he is the Bennette E. Geer Professor of Literature. His collections of poems are In Everything, Second Chances, Commandments at Eleven, and Driving to Distraction. He received the 2002-2003 Literary Arts Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Prize from The Southern Review. His work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily.

S.C. native Diana Pinckney lives in Charlotte, N.C. Her work has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Atlanta Review, Iodine, Cave Wall, RHINO, Ekphrasis, and numerous publications. A 5 time Pushcart nominee, she has four collections of poetry: Fishing With Tall Women (Winner of the Kinloch Rivers Memorial Chapbook Award and Persephone Press Book Award), White Linen (Nightshade Press), Alchemy (Main Street Rag), and Green Daughters (Lorimer Press).

Eric Nelson has published four collections of poetry, including Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award (2004), and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award (1991). He coordinates the Department of Writing and Linguistics’ creative writing concentration at Georgia Southern University.

Fall 2010



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Janet Joyner, “Cassandra”

The Footlight Players Prize
Mary Harris, “After Dinner”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Cassie Premo Steele, “Spirit Lesson”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Tim Harkins, “Ebbing Yuletide”

The Carrie Allen McCray Prize
Ann Herlong-Bodman, “Third Birthday”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Linda Lee Harper, “Watch Out For The Low Beams”

The Pegasus Prize
Kit Loney, “History of the Black Hose”

The Post and Courier Prize
Brian Slusher, “Crybaby Bridge”

The Constance Pultz Prize
Kit Loney, “Anthony”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Brian Slusher, “Never Land”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Cassie Premo Steele, “This is my disease”

Judges for Fall 2010 Competitions



A 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient,
Sandra Meek is the author of four books of poems, Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo 2008), Burn (2005), Nomadic Foundations (2002), and the forthcoming Road Scatter (Persea Books), and editor of Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark 2007).

Young Smith has received fellowships from the NEA, the James Michener Foundation, and the Kentucky Arts Council. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Iowa Review, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, Agni, and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, among others, and last year Black Zinnias Press published his In a City You Will Never Visit. He is Associate Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, and coordinates their Brief-Residency MFA.

Evie Shockley is author of the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), a half-red sea (Carolina Wren, 2006), and two chapbooks. Her poetry and criticism appear in numerous journals and anthologies, recently including Callaloo, esque, Harvard Review, and Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. She co-edits jubilat and is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she teaches African American literature and creative writing.

Eric Nelson has published five collections of poetry, including Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award (2004), and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award (1991). He coordinates the Department of Writing and Linguistics' creative writing concentration at Georgia Southern University.

Spring 2010



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Michael Lucas, “Old Tabby”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Tim Harkins, “Horizons”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Marilyn R. Mumford, “true story (philadelphia 1994)”

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Brian Slusher, “The Invisible Rope Trick”

The Forum Prize
Aly Goodwin, “Interruption”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Brian Slusher, “Leavings”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Jules Riley, “Winter Garden”

The Peter Pan Prize
Sybil B. Collins, “Where Tigers Roam”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Thomas L. Johnson, “On Deciding Whether or Not to Purchase a Scenic Print of Table Rock Reflected in a Lake at Sunset”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Janet Lombard, “Closing Night”

The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Doaty Flanigan, “Anger Fulfilled”

The Skylark Prize
Victoria Sharpe, “Letter to Gloria”

Fall 2009



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Nick Bozanic, “Isaac”

The Footlight Players Prize
Elizabeth Bernardin, “Story”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Ellen E. Hyatt, “Genesis”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Kit Loney, “Influence of Two Moons”

The Carrie Allen McCray Prize
Aly Goodwin, “What Happened on Flat Creek in Montreat, North Carolina, When I Was 14, That Changed My Life”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Susan Finch Stevens, “Marsh Impasto”

The Pegasus Prize
Frances Pearce, “Postcard from the King Tut Exhibition, Munich, 1980”

The Post and Courier Prize
Libby Swope Wiersema, “Haunting Pawleys Island”

The Constance Pultz Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Being Kissed By A Poet”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Susan Finch Stevens, “Chickadee”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Tim Harkins, “Crows Finally Find Me in Spartanburg”

Spring 2009



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
James J. Lundy, Jr., “Hot Market”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Kit Loney, “Eye of the Skull”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Brian Slusher, “Dead, I Take-up Stargazing”

The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize
Tim Harkins, “Omaha”

The Forum Prize
Kit Loney, “Sooner Or Later They Ask Me My Age”
View Claire Bateman’s Forum Critique:
    [download a printable pdf]
    [view the page as html]


The Humorous Verse Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “High On The Hog”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Scott Owens, “Adding Up the Day”

The Peter Pan Prize
Elsie T. Holcombe, “What If the World was Upside Down?”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
James B. Hudson, “Monte Sano At Wheeler”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Michael Hugh Lythgoe, “The Mah Jongg Ladies Attend the Ballet”

The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Thomas L. Johnson, “The Sign of the Mona Lisa Motel,
    Fallen at Camden”


The Skylark Prize
Noah Roy Fram, “Memories”

Fall 2008



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Aly Goodwin, “Ancient Greek Wisdom”

The Footlight Players Prize
Mary Wideman Carson, “Returning to the New World”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Terri McCord, “Found Jesus”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Bryan Penberthy, “Musetta’s Waltz & Electric Guitar”

The Carrie Allen McCray Prize
Kate Hanzalik, “The Thickening”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Libby Bernardin, “What You Gave Me”

The Pegasus Prize
James J. Lundy, Jr., “Abstract Painting”

The Post and Courier Prize
Linda Annas Ferguson, “Rituals”

The Constance Pultz Prize
Brian Slusher, “Wife Not Comfortable with the Idea of Nudist Resort”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Linda Lee Harper, “Nameless”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Starkey Flythe, Jr., “The House”

Spring 2008



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Donald L. Geddes, “The Tear of Things”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Patricia Tanner Candal, “Before We Leave”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Patricia Tanner Candal, “Calling Out the Memories”

The Forum Prize
Aly Goodwin, “The Moon of Ripe Blackberries”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Jane Emerson Blewer, “I Should Have”

The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “In the Garden”

The Peter Pan Prize
Jane Emerson Blewer, “A Rainbow in the Making”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Donald L. Geddes, “Ordnance

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Michael Hugh Lythgoe, "The Alchemist"

The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Ann Herlong-Bodman, “History 101”

The Skylark Prize
Cameron Blake Rotton, “Apocalypse”

Fall 2007



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Helen C. Brandenburg, “After the Storm”

The Footlight Players Prize
Tim Harkins, “Dying for a Drink”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Jerri Chaplin, “Passover, Junior Year”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Libby Bernardin, “First Snow”

The Carrie Allen McCray Prize
Kit Loney, “Madame Butterfly and the Down Syndrome Kid”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Mary Hutchins Harris, “Waiting to Be Served”

The Pegasus Prize
James J. Lundy, Jr., “Silent Film Prayer”

The Post and Courier Prize
Terri McCord, “Grainy”

The Constance Pultz Prize
Marguerite Scott, “Personal Effects”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Brian Slusher, “No Children”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Aly Goodwin, “In the Moon of Yellow Fever,
      Campobello, South Carolina, 1916”

Spring 2007



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Debra Daniel, “His Daughter Who Goes to College in Charleston”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Libby Bernardin, “On Isle of Palms in the Month of No Moon”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Jules Riley, “Waist Deep in Winter Water”

The Forum Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Old Man”

The Humorous Verse Prize
Lee Robinson, “Advice We Give Our Children”

The Peter Pan Prize
Mary Wideman Carson, “Inside Out”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Charleston Docks, Posed for Watercolor

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Jane Emerson Blewer, "Maybe Once Upon a Time?"

The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Jane Emerson Blewer, “The Other Side of Town”

The Skylark Prize
Victoria Rose Witte, “Love, Cards, in the Atlantic”

Fall 2006



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Society Prize
Kit Loney, “Unsmashing the Goblet”

The Footlight Players Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Meeting Cortez”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Michael Hugh Lythgoe, “Adoration of the Magi”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “I Watch the Final Wednesday
    of November”


The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Aly Goodwin, “Written Sitting in the Ruins of Old
    Sheldon Church, St. William's Parish, Beaufort
    County, South Carolina, 16 October, 2004”


The Pegasus Prize
Carol Peters, “Aunt Naked”

The Post and Courier Prize Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “My Father Spends the Night Lost
    in the Santee Swamp”


The Constance Pultz Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Matches”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Katherine Williams, “Anagram: Epithalamion”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Don Geddes, “Archie”

Spring 2006



The John H. Bennett, Jr. Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “John Bennett”

The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Isn’t There A Ship”

The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize
Michael H. Lythgoe, “Tango de La Luna”

The Forum Prize
Carol G. Furtwangler, “Cocoon”

The Humorous Verse Prize
James J. Lundy, Jr., “When the Lights Go Out”

The Peter Pan Prize
Jane Emerson Blewer, “The Chase”

The Beatrice Ravenel Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Elegy for the City”

The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “Tomorrow Afternoon the Fifth Graders
      Will Hold Auditions for the Spring Play”


The William Gilmore Simms Prize
Henk Brandt, “Drawbridge on New Year’s Eve”

The Skylark Prize
Duncan Wallace Moore, “A Short Recounting of One Road to Immortality”

Fall 2005



The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Prize
Deborah Lawson Scott, “The Elders”

The Footlight Players Prize
Michael H. Lythgoe, “Rooster Tales (3)”

The John Edward Johnson Prize
Kimberly Simms, “Brother’s Mess of Crosses”

The Lyric Poem Prize
Henk Brandt, “Woman”

The Marjorie E. Peale Prize
Debra A. Daniel, “My Grandmother Steals Oleanders at Windy Hill Beach”

The Pegasus Prize
Jules Riley, “Dogstar Moon”

The Post and Courier Prize Prize
George Pope, “Meeting Miss Mississippi (Columbus, Mississippi, Circa 1961)”

The Constance Pultz Prize
George Pope, “Freedom Hat”

The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize
Kit Loney, “Hot Night, No Screens”

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Dennis Ward Stiles, “Pelican Mantras”

Kinloch Rivers Chapbook Prize Winner
Michael H. Lythgoe, Brass

2006 Gibbes Poets and Painters Program



High School Gold Winners in Poetry

Victoria Doose


Annie Doran


Liz Gildea


Daniel Perez


Rebecca Plante

Charleston County School of the Arts
Mary Ann Henry, Instructor

Bishop England High School
Helen Brandenburg, Instructor

Charleston County School of the Arts
Mary Ann Henry, Instructor

Academic Magnet High School
Wendy Pumphrey, Instructor

Academic Magnet High School
Junius Wright, Instructor

Middle School Gold Winners in Poetry

Meagan Brandli


Lauren DiNicola


Collins Rice


Lauren Ryder


Sally Sheppard


Ashley Hall
Jane Pelland, Instructor

Charleston County School of the Arts
Mary Ann Henry, Instructor

Charleston County School of the Arts
Mary Ann Henry, Instructor

Charleston County School of the Arts
Rene Bufo Miles, Instructor

Ashley Hall
Jane Pelland, Instructor