Welcome to the Poetry Society of South Carolina (celebrating our 100th year). The Poetry Society of South Carolina welcomes everyone and values all the voices this world offers. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, or political preference. We believe that Black Lives Matter, stand against injustice, and support people’s right to protest.
Fall Poetry Contests Are Open!
This year there are eight different prizes. Visit the Fall contest page to view each prize, subject restrictions, eligibility requirements, sponsorship information, and more. Don't forget to renew your membership or join in order to be eligible for some of these prizes.
Press For The History of the Poetry Society of South Carolina
On its 100th birthday, Poetry Society of South Carolina gets a romp of a read
(link behind paywall)
By Mara Hogan, Post & Courier, October 21, 2021
Years in the making, the full history of the country's oldest state poetry society is now available in softcover. Purchase a PSSC Softcover Edition here.
Poetry Society of SC readings and workshops are supported by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging, and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, culture, and heritage.
- Nov 13, 10:00 AMZoom Event (TBD)
- Feb 12, 2022, 10:00 AMCharleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
- Apr 09, 2022, 10:00 AMCharleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
- May 13, 2022, 7:00 PMCharleston, 164 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Watch recent Poetry Society of South Carolina readings.
Contests - Submissions For Spring & Fall Writing Contests
PSSC has two rounds of poetry contests each academic year, Fall and Spring.
Prize-winning poems are published on this website and in the Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook, published annually since 1922 and now distributed to libraries of SC schools and universities, as well as to the membership.
"I love what syntax can do in a poem, its ability to indicate not just sequence but also hierarchy and relationships, its role in manipulating the rhythm and pacing. Syntax is truly like a conductor leading an orchestra."
Susan Laughter Meyers
The Poetry Society of South Carolina
P.O. Box 1090
Charleston, SC 29402