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

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Fall Competitions  Submission Deadline November 15

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 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 Jane Moran Prize: $200. Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter. Open to PSSC members 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 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 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 Klyde Robinson Poetry Prize: $200. Offered for a poem relating to Charleston, SC. Open to anyone.
  Sponsor: The Robinson Family.


ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15.  Prizes will be awarded at the February meeting or mailed to those not in attendance.

The PSSC 2017 Summer Scholarship

The inaugural PSSC Summer Scholarship was awarded to Celeste McMaster, providing one full tuition to the 2016 Hub City Writing in Place conference. Application for the 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.

 Deadline for the 2017 scholarship applications: December 15, 2016.

Spring Competitions Submission Deadline February 15

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: 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. 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 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


ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 15. Prizes will be awarded at the Forum in May, or mailed to those not in attendance.

Student Prize Competition  Postmark / Submission Deadline February 15.


The Skylark Prize:  $500.  Offered in memory of Mr. John Bennett for a poem written by a 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