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PSSC Index of Poems by Contest

Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to PSSC members only.

Nick Bozanic, 2009
"Isaac"

Helen C. Brandenburg, 2007
"After the Storm"

Danielle DeTiberus, 2012
"I Thought After Thirty"

Ethan Fugate, 2014
"Flight 17" (from Nouveaux Contes de Fées)"

Aly Goodwin, 2008
"Ancient Greek Wisdom"

Ann Herlong-Bodman, 2016
"Sailing Single-Handed"

Ellen E. Hyatt, 2013
"Daffodils"

Janet Joyner, 2010
"Cassandra"

Kit Loney, 2011
"History of Petticoats"

Kit Loney, 2006
"Unsmashing the Goblet"

Deborah Lawson Scott, 2005
"The Elders"

Brian Slusher, 2015
"To the Man Who Took a Selfie on Top of the Elephant He Shot"

Offered for a poem dealing with Charleston.
Open to anyone.

Lee Pelham Cotton, 2016
"Pretty Much Forever (The Summerville Light)"

Debra A. Daniel, 2007
"His Daughter Who Goes to College in Charleston"

Debra A. Daniel, 2015
"My First Visit to Charleston, The Sixth Grade All Day Field Trip"

Carol G. Furtwangler, 2012
"Single House"

Donald L. Geddes, 2008
"The Tear of Things"

Tim Harkins, 2013
"Return to Charleston"

Thomas L. Johnson, 2017
"Sunset and Moonlight over Charleston"

Michael Lucas, 2010
"Old Tabby"

James J. Lundy, Jr., 2009
"Hot Market"

Brian Slusher, 2010
"On the Battery"

Brian Slusher, 2014
"Reenactment: Charleston, SC 12/20/10"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2006
"John Bennett"

Offered for a poem relating to the sea or ships.
Open to PSSC members only.

Libby Bernardin, 2007
"On Isle of Palms in the Month of No Moon"

Farley Briggs, 2008
"Before We Leave"

Debra A. Daniel, 2014
"Life Under Water"

Tim Harkins, 2010
"Horizons"

Ann Herlong-Bodman, 2011
"At Midnight"

Kit Loney, 2009
"Eye of the Skull"

Debra McQueen, 2016
"Advice"

Deborah Lawson Scott, 2012
"Countdown"

Brian Slusher, 2015
"Boy Vs. Ocean"

Brian Slusher, 2013
"Adrift"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2006
"Isn’t There A Ship"

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.

Patricia Tanner Candal, 2008
"Calling Out the Memories"

Aly Goodwin, 2015
"Pyramid"

Talley V. Kayser, 2016
"From Lausanne Cathedral"

Kit Loney, 2012
"Dragonskins"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2006
"Tango de La Luna"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2011
"Of Birds & Angels at The Post Office"

Celeste McMaster, 2017
"An Elegy for Sadness"

Marilyn R. Mumford, 2010
"true story (philadelphia 1994)"

Jules Riley, 2007
"Waist Deep in Winter Water"

Brian Slusher, 2009
"Dead, I Take-up Stargazing"

Brian Slusher, 2014
"In the Worm’s Kitchen"

Tim Taylor, 2013
"thanks"

Offered for a poem in any style on any subject.
Open to anyone.

Aly Goodwin, 2014
"In the Moon of Marsh bs"

Tim Harkins, 2016
"Blue Skies"

Tim Harkins, 2009
"Omaha"

Ellen Hyatt, 2007
"Gray Is"

Ruth Ilg, 2012
"Cambodia"

Kit Loney, 2015
"Ballad"

Brian Slusher, 2013
"Losing Season"

Brian Slusher, 2010
"The Invisible Rope Trick"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2011
"Swan in Bare Outline"

Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.

Laurel Blossom, "Syria" 2016

Teressa Haskew, 2014
"Hemp Hearts"

J. Stephen Rhodes, 2015
"Ghost Dance"

Offered for a dramatic poem.
Open to residents of South Carolina only.

Libby Bernardin, 2009
"Story"

Mary Wideman Carson, 2008
"Returning to the New World"

Tim Harkins, 2007
"Dying for a Drink"

Mary Hutchins Harris, 2010
"After Dinner"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2005
"Rooster Tales (3)"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2006
"Meeting Cortez"

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 poems are selected by audience vote at the Spring Forum.

Libby Bernardin, 2015
"And when the forest of your bearable life appears"

Carol G. Furtwangler, 2006
"Cocoon"

Aly Goodwin, 2016
"Uncle Crazy"

Aly Goodwin, 2010
"Interruption"

Aly Goodwin, 2008
"The Moon of Ripe Blackberries"

Denise K. James, 2013
"Stephanie, 12:30 a.m."

Talley V. Kayser, 2017
"Service"

Kit Loney, 2009
"Sooner Or Later They Ask Me My Age"

Ed Madden, 2012
"Before the Viewing"

Deborah Lawson Scott, 2011
"After the Grass"

Brian Slusher, 2014
"Stocking"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2007
"Old Man"

Offered for a humorous poem.
Open to PSSC members only.

Jane Emerson Blewer, 2008
"I Should Have"

John Corless, 2015
"Untitled (Carpe Diem, seize the day)"

Debra A. Daniel, 2017
"The 100th Yard Prayer"

Starkey Flythe, 2011
"We’re Taking the Real Estate Exam"

Tim Harkins, 2016
"Toilet Humor"

Tim Harkins, 2013
"Trip to the Zoo"

James J. Lundy, Jr., 2006
"When the Lights Go Out"

Lee Robinson, 2007
"Advice We Give Our Children"

Brian Slusher, 2010
"Leavings"

Brian Slusher, 2014
"Dr. Roget’s Favorite Pick up Line"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2009
"High On The Hog"

Jack Tracey, 2012
"Car Encounter"

Offered for a poem of any style or nature on a religious theme or subject.
Open to anyone.

Jerri Chaplin, 2007
"Passover, Junior Year"

Ellen E. Hyatt, 2009
"Genesis"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2013
"Lenten Sonnet (II)"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2006
"Adoration of the Magi"

Terri Lee McCord, 2016
"The Bag Boy Discusses Dogma"

Terri Lee McCord, 2014
"God Backwards"

Terri Lee McCord, 2008
"Found Jesus"

Celeste McMaster, 2015
"How to See a Burning Bush"

Frances J. Pearce, 2012
"My Mind Wanders During the Morning Service"

Kimberly Simms, 2005
"Brother’s Mess of Crosses"

Randy Spencer, 2011
"Ice Jesus"

Cassie Premo Steele, 2010
"Spirit Lesson"

Offered for the best lyric poem.
Open to anyone.

Libby Bernardin, 2007
"First Snow"

Henk Brandt, 2005
"Woman"

Debra A. Daniel, 2006
"I Watch the Final Wednesday of November"

Tim Harkins, 2015
"Flight of Fancy"

Tim Harkins, 2010
"Ebbing Yuletide"

Kit Loney, 2009
"Influence of Two Moons"

Terri Lee McCord, 2014
"Asleep Near Tracks"

Bryan Penberthy, 2008
"Musetta’s Waltz & Electric Guitar"

J. Stephen Rhodes, 2016
"For Robin Williams"

Kimberly Simms, 2011
"The Pianist"

Warren Slesinger, 2012
"Wren"

William Winslow, 2013
"Last Night at Home (letter from Vietnam)"

Offered for a poem that celebrates the human spirit.
Open to residents of South Carolina only. Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to PSSC members only.

Danielle DeTiberus, 2012
"Love and Other Hand Grenades"

Linda Lee Harper, 2015
"Elizabeth Barrett Browning"

Thomas Johnson, 2016
"Remembering the Girl with the Blackened Teeth"

Maria Martin, 2014
"The Spring the Flowers Fell"

Scott Owens, 2011
"Preservation"

Brian Slusher, 2013
"The Means of Production"

Offered for a garden poem.
Open to PSSC members only.

Libby Bernardin, 2014
"Naming in the Garden at the Headwaters of the Tigris and the Euphrates"

Aly Goodwin, 2013
"The Man with the Plow"

Ruth Ilg, 2015
"Barren"

Thomas L. Johnson, 2017
"Dionysus at Brookgreen"

Kit Loney, 2011
"Buzz and Tumble"

Preston Martin, 2016
"When the Olympics Were in London"

Scott Owens, 2009
"Adding Up the Day"

Frances J. Pearce, 2012
"Moonflower"

Jules Riley, 2010
"Winter Garden"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2008
"In the Garden"

Offered for a poem of any style which draws on the landscape, history, or spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Open to anyone.
Libby Bernardin, 2008
"What You Gave Me"

Debra A. Daniel, 2005
"My Grandmother Steals Oleanders at Windy Hill Beach"

Debra A. Daniel, 2013
"Photography Class—Lessons in Black and White"

Debra A. Daniel, 2011
"Playing Mary Chesnut"

Aly Goodwin, 2006
"Written Sitting in the Ruins of Old Sheldon Church, St. William’s Parish, Beaufort County, South Carolina, 16 October, 2004"

Linda Lee Harper, 2010
"Watch Out For The Low Beams"

Mary Hutchins Harris, 2007
"Waiting to Be Served"

Gregory Lobas, 2016
"Dark Energy"

Terri Lee McCord, 2015
"Meditation on the Jellyfish"

Ellen McNeal, 2014
"Day"

Melissa Slayton, 2012
"Wisteria"

Susan Finch Stevens, 2009
"Marsh Impasto"

Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone. Offered for a poem written about childhood.
Open to anyone.

Sherry Beasley, 2014
"Visiting My Cousin in Richmond"

Jane Emerson Blewer, 2008
"A Rainbow in the Making"

Jane Emerson Blewer, 2006
"The Chase"

Farley Briggs, 2015
"The Silver Meteor"

Mary Wideman Carson, 2007
"Inside Out"

Jerri Chaplin, 2011
"Direction (for a child)"

Sybil B. Collins, 2013
"The Trade: The Tale of a Cat and a Crow"

Sybil B. Collins, 2010
"Where Tigers Roam"

Elsie T. Holcombe, 2009
"What If the World was Upside Down?"

Gregory Lobas, 2016
"17-year Locusts"

Celeste McMaster, 2017
"Dogfight"

Danny B. Riley, 2012
"Little Duckling"

Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.

Debra A. Daniel, 2006
"My Father Spends the Night Lost in the Santee Swamp"

Linda Annas Ferguson, 2008
"Rituals"

Terri Lee McCord, 2007
"Grainy"

George Pope, 2005
"Meeting Miss Mississippi (Columbus, Mississippi, Circa 1961)"

Brian Slusher, 2010
"Crybaby Bridge"

Libby Swope Wiersema, 2009
"Haunting Pawley’s Island"

Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.

Laurel Blossom, 2016 Winter
"The Big One"

Debra A. Daniel, 2013
"Violin Played as Titanic Sank Sells for $1.7 Million"

Ethan Fugate, 2015 Spring
"Prosonomasia"

Kit Loney, 2015
"Worn by the Wind"

Tim Taylor, 2014
"Night Song"

Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to anyone.

Libby Bernardin, 2014
"A Piece of Light Fabric"

Laurel Blossom, 2013
"Jason is Risen"

Debra A. Daniel, 2009
"Being Kissed By A Poet"

Starkey Flythe, 2012
"Katherine, locked in the bathroom"

Kit Loney, 2016
"Anthony"

Terri Lee McCord, 2015
"Crow Augury"

Alice Osborn, 2011
"Saturday Banking in Northern Virginia"

George Pope, 2005
"Freedom Hat"

Marguerite Scott, 2007
"Personal Effects"

Brian Slusher, 2008
"Wife Not Comfortable with the Idea of Nudist Resort"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2006
"Matches"

Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to anyone. Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to anyone.

Ed Gold, 2014
"If, Then"

Tim Harkins, 2013
"Choosing Totems"

Linda Lee Harper, 2008
"Nameless"

Kit Loney, 2005
"Hot Night, No Screens"

Terri Lee McCord, 2011
"The Vacant House across the Street"

Terri Lee McCord, 2015
"Origins"

Melissa Slayton, 2012
"Newer Endymion"

Brian Slusher, 2010
"Never Land"

Brian Slusher, 2007
"No Children"

Susan Finch Stevens, 2009
"Chickadee"

Katherine Williams, 2006
"Anagram: Epithalamion"

Offered for a poem relating to Charleston, SC.
Open to anyone.

Emily Rosko, 2017
"Here They Landed"

Offered for a poem dealing with some aspect of theater.
Open to anyone.

Jane Emerson Blewer, 2007
"Maybe Once Upon a Time?"

Lee Pelham Cotton, 2016
"How Now, Malvolio"

Debra A. Daniel, 2011
"Pantomime"

Debra A. Daniel, 2006
"Tomorrow Afternoon the Fifth Graders Will Hold Auditions for the Spring Play"

Talley V. Kayser, 2017
"Puppetry"

Janet Lombard, 2010
"Closing Night"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2008
"The Alchemist"

Michael H. Lythgoe, 2009
"The Mah Jongg Ladies Attend the Ballet"

Frances J. Pearce, 2012
"Casting Call"

Brian Slusher, 2013
"I Saw the Opera of My Life"

Charles Watt, 2015
"Creation"

The Archibald Rutledge Prize
Honoring the late Poet Laureate of South Carolina, offered for a poem of any style or nature descriptive of the Palmetto State.
Open to anyone.

Libby Bernardin, 2015
"Like Wings"

Starkey Flythe, 2008
"The House"

Donald L. Geddes, 2006
"Archie"

Aly Goodwin, 2007
"In the Moon of Yellow Fever, Campobello, South Carolina, 1916"

Tim Harkins, 2009
"Crows Finally Find Me in Spartanburg"

Ann Herlong-Bodman, 2012
"Lost and Found"

Maria Martin, 2014
"Florence in the middle of the day"

Eileen Rush, 2011
"The Second Mallard"

Cassie Premo Steele, 2010
"This is my disease"

Susan Finch Stevens, 2013
"Scuppernongs"

Dennis Ward Stiles, 2005
"Pelican Mantras"

Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to anyone.

Jane Emerson Blewer, 2007
"The Other Side of Town"

Henk Brandt, 200606
"Drawbridge on New Year’s Eve"

Doaty Flanigan, 2010
"Anger Fulfilled"

Ann Herlong-Bodman, 2008
"History 101"

Thomas L. Johnson, 2009
"The Sign of the Mona Lisa Motel, Fallen at Camden"

Ed Madden, 2012
"That Day"

Terri Lee McCord, 2011
"The Light"

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.

Zoe Abedon, 2012
"Solitude: To Be"

Helen Coats, 2017
" Dream for Honey Bee Januaries"

Allison Cooke, 2011
"Butterfly Road"

Noah Roy Fram, 2009
"Memories"

Samuel Lewis Gee, 2016
"Grandfather Dan, My Dad, Kitchen Table, 2005"

Kirby Knowlton, 2013
"my aunt on dauphine street"

Cameron Messinides, 2015
"Story of a Carolina Monsoon"

Duncan Wallace Moore, 2006
"A Short Recounting of One Road to Immortality"

Cameron Blake Rotton, 2008
"Apocalypse"

Victoria Sharpe, 2010
"Letter to Gloria"

Aurelyn Van Kirk, 2014
"As I Bathe"

Victoria Rose Witte, 2007
"Love, Cards, in the Atlantic"

Offered for a rhymed, metrical poem about love/marriage.
Open to anyone.

Elliot Hueske, 2017
"missing in action"

Provides one full tuition to the 2016 Hub City Writing in Place conference. Open to any current PSSC adult member, except previous winners.

Melissa Slayton, 2017
"Some Say the Inuit Have Fifty-Two Words for Snow"

Celeste McMaster, 2016
"The Rusty Barrel"

Society Prize Winners


Nick Bozanic


Helen Brandenburg


Debra Daniel


Danielle DeTiberus


Ellen Hyatt


Ethan Fugate


Ann Herlong Bodman


Janet Joyner


Kit Loney


Deborah Lawson Scott


Brian Slusher