The Skylark Prize
The Skylark Prize
Part of PSSC’s mission is to encourage South Carolinians to write poetry, and so we hold a special annual contest for teens, the Skylark Prize, for which guidelines are sent to every high school in the state. In addition to the $500 award, the student is invited to read the poem at a PSSC meeting to honor both student and teacher.
The prize is named after Master Skylark, written in 1922 by Charlestonian John Bennett, a founding member of PSSC. About a young singer in the time of Shakespeare, the book was a top seller for many years.
Competition for the Skylark Prize is open to any 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 36 lines, counting stanza breaks. Publication in a school magazine does not render a poem ineligible. The Skylark Prize accepts submissions by mail ONLY.
Resources for the Skylark Prize
Below PSSC presents poems by a few past winners of the Skylark Prize, and 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.
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
An on-line magazine for students with poems and books written by teens, including discussions of poems, reviews, and comments
Master teachers share their unique teaching strategies and techniques. Weekly tips and a word of the day
Scaffolds and lessons to help teachers "create a passion for poetry writing in your students
World of Poets
Ten terrific tips on how to teach poetry
How to write a poem, step-by-step. No kidding.
Kelli Russell Langdon
Thirty terrific prompts for National Poetry Month.
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