Please note that some contests are open to PSSC members only. We'd love to have you
you as a member, and you can join here: https://www.poetrysocietysc.org/membership
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.
Know Rhyme and Reason Contest: $250.
For a poem on any subject in which the author believes the use of rhyme and/or of rhyme and meter helped sharpen the poet’s pencil to make the poem’s point more forceful, succinct, or amusing. Open to PSSC members only.
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 Perception Prize: $75.
Offered for a poem of any style or nature relating to how we encounter the world through our senses. Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Ann-Chadwell Humphries
The Marjorie E. Peale Prize: $100.
Offered for a poem of any style that draws on the landscape, history, or spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Marjory E. Peale
Stephanie Ellen Siler Memorial Prize: $100.
Any style or theme, preferably a poem that tells a story. prize. Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: Ellen Jenks
The Klyde Robinson Poetry Prize: $200.
Offered for a poem relating to Charleston, SC. Open to anyone.
Sponsor: The Robinson Family
The Susan Laughter Meyers Summer Scholarship*
Application Deadline: November 15
Application for the summer scholarship is open to any current PSSC adult member, except previous winners; online submission only, no 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.
*The 2021 conference was held virtually due to COVID. We do not yet know if 2022 will be virtual or in person.