2020 Winner

Normally, the winner of the Skylark Contest for the best poem of a high school student in South Carolina is asked to read at the May Forum meeting. Unfortunately, the May Forum was cancelled due to COVID concerns and Kiran Narula of the School of the Arts did not get a chance to read her prize poem. She has recorded it and it is now available to view

The Skylark Prize

In memory of author John Bennett (1865 - 1956), a founder of the Poetry Society

Postmark Submission Deadline April 1, 2022.


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 the title and all blank lines. The Skylark Prize accepts submissions through postal mail only.   


Sponsor: Martha Bennett Stiles and The Poetry Society of South Carolina


Please mail entries to:

Skylark Prize Contest Chairperson

The Poetry Society of South Carolina

P.O. Box 1090

Charleston, SC 29402


If you have questions, contact Ed Gold at edsgold@aol.com, and please include "Skylark Contest" in the subject line.

Resources for the Skylark Prize


Below PSSC presents some links to help teachers and students craft prize-winning poems. These guides are so useful, we recommend them at any point in one’s writing life.


Download the Skylark Prize guidelines (pdf)

Download PSSC’s Ten Tips for Writers (pdf)


Useful links for students and teachers

Sit Down and Write: Poetry Resources
—Thanks to Samantha for sharing this terrific website with us!


Guide to poetry writing and analysis


Teen Ink
An on-line magazine for students with poems and books written by teens, including discussions of poems, reviews, and comments

How to write a poem, step-by-step. No kidding.


Kelli Russell Langdon
Thirty terrific prompts for National Poetry Month.

Poetry 180
A poem a day for American high school students


Poets.org for educators
Lesson plans, poems to teach, poetry read-a thon.


Glossary, poetry tour, articles for teachers and students, and more.


The Academy of American Poets
Poems for Teens