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

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

[Click here for Spring 2104 Contests,
Deadline February 15—
extended to
Wednesday, 2/19 due to winter weather]

[Click here for Guidelines]

[Click here to see prize-winning poems.]

Winter Deadline, November 15, 2013

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 Foundation.


The John Edward Johnson Prize: $50.
Offered for a poem of any style or nature on a spiritual theme or subject. Not to exceed thirty-two lines.
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 Jane Moran Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to members of PSSC only.
Sponsor: Ron Moran.


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 Pegasus Prize: $50.
Offered for a poem of any style or nature. Not to exceed thirty-two lines. Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Tish Lynn.


The Constance Pultz Prize: $200.
This award, in honor of Contance Pultz, is offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Friends of Constance Pultz.


The Kinloch Rivers Memorial Prize: $50.
Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Constance Kello Berardinis.


The Archibald Rutledge Prize: $100.
This award, honoring the late Poet Laureate of South Carolina, is offered for a poem of any style or nature descriptive of the Palmetto State. Open to anyone.
Sponsors: Courtlandt M. Koonts, in memory of Dr. J. Calvin Koonts; and Donald T. Rutledge.
Spring Competitions 2014, Deadline February 15
extended to Wednesday, 2/19 due to winter weather]


The John H. Bennett, Jr., Prize: $100.
Offered for a poem dealing with Charleston.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Mary Holman Pinckney


The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize: $50.

Offered for a poem relating to the sea or ships.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: The Late Captain Frank Broulik, Contest Founder.


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: Friends of Sandy Eubank.


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 Humorous Verse Prize: $50.
Offered for a humorous poem.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Jane L. Tyler, M.D.


The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize: $50.
Offered for a garden poem.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Jane E. Freeman.


The Peter Pan Prize: $50.

Formerly for a poem for children, this prize is now offered for a poem written about childhood.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: James J. Lundy, Jr.


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 Beatrice Ravenel Prize: $50.
Offered for a poem in metrical form on a theme of universal interest, preferably with a Southern setting.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Dennis Ward Stiles.


The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem dealing with some aspect of theatre.
Open to anyone.
Sponsors: Jennet Robinson Alterman and Alix Tew.


The Skylark Prize: $500.
Offered in memory of Mr. John Bennett for a poem written by a student of any school in South Carolina, grades 9-12. Not to exceed 32 lines. Each entry must be accompanied by a statement of enrollment signed by the principal. Publication in a school magazine does not render a poem ineligible.
Sponsor: Martha Bennett Stiles and The Poetry Society of South Carolina