Submission Deadline: February 15
Entries must be submitted between January 15th and February 15th.
Prizes will be awarded at the Forum in May, or mailed to those not in attendance.
The Audubon Prize: $200. For a poem that honors The Nature Conservancy in SC, highlighting the struggles to save endangered wildlife or capturing the efforts to conserve the natural environment in South Carolina. Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Randy Spencer
Scotty Davis Watson Prize: $100. For a poem of any style about finding tiny moments of joy. Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Debra Daniel
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 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 Peter Pan Prize: $50. Offered for a poem written about childhood. Open to anyone.
Sponsor: James J. Lundy, Jr.
Rhyme for No Reason Contest: $250. For a poem on any subject, serious to frivolous, employing rhyme and/or rhyme and meter. Past winners might have included Ogden Nash (oeuvre), Robert Frost (“Fire and Ice”), S. T. Coleridge (“Kubla Kahn”), A.A. Milne, and all other poets who “just had fun with it.” Open to PSSC members only.
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
Bobbi Kennedy Memorial Prize: $100. Offered for a poem of any style on a nature or spiritual theme. Open to PSSC Members only.
Sponsor: Libby Bernardin.
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. The Skylark Prize accepts submissions through postal mail only. Please see the Skylark page on the PSSC website for guidelines and additional information.
Sponsor: Martha Bennett Stiles and The Poetry Society of South Carolina