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.

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
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 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Sundown Poetry Series
    May 31, 6:00 PM
    The City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Join the Poetry Society of South Carolina for special poetry readings during Piccolo Spoleto. There will be a book signing and reception at a nearby gallery after each reading. Reading begins at 6:00. The series is free and open to the public.

Recent Readings​

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.

Woman Typing

"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

Contact Us

The Poetry Society of South Carolina
P.O. Box 1090
Charleston, SC 29402