1. Entries must be received no later than November 15 for the fall competition and February 15 for the spring.
2. Entries must be ORIGINAL and unpublished elsewhere.
3. Entries should be submitted using a 12-point font and not exceeding THIRTY-SIX lines including stanza break lines, single-spaced. 
ENTRIES LONGER THAN 36 LINES WILL BE DECLINED.
4. EACH contest entry must have:
    
 A COPY OF THE POEM , with the contest name above the poem's title. The author’s name and address must not appear on pages carrying the text of the poem.
* THE TITLE OF THE DOCUMENT FILE MUST MATCH THE TITLE OF THE POEM.

5. An author may submit only one poem for each contest.
6. A poem may not be entered in more than one contest at the same time. A poem which has failed to win in a contest may later, after the results of the first contest have been made public, be submitted for any contest for which it is suitable.
7. PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED POEMS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE as entries. Poems must not be under consideration elsewhere.
8. Authors grant PSSC first publication rights to prize-winning work. Authors retain all re-publication rights and are free to reprint the work in any publication, subject to acknowledging original publication in The Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook. The author guarantees that the submitted work has not previously been published elsewhere.
9. The winner of a prize is ineligible for the same prize the following year.
10. At the discretion of the judges, one or two honorable mentions may be awarded in any contest.
11. Poems entered for contests cannot be returned. They will be destroyed after the awards are announced.
12. PSSC reserves the right to withhold any announced prize.

NOTE: Members submit their poems for free. Non-members must pay $5 for each poem submitted. Please read submission guidelines carefully. Certain contests are open to members only.







Offered for a poem relating to Charleston, SC.
Open to anyone.
Sponsored by the Robinson Family
Prize: $200
Offered for a poem relating to Charleston, SC.
Open to anyone.
Sponsored by the Robinson Family
Prize: $200

The Scholarship, honoring the late Susan Laughter Meyers, covers full tuition for a poet to the 2019 Hub City's Writing in Place Conference, lodging in a college dormitory, conference-provided meals, and a manuscript conference with faculty. The annual conference, held in mid-July at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, gives writers an opportunity to study poetry in a workshop setting, generate new work, and attend faculty readings.


Application is open to any current adult member of The Poetry Society of South Carolina. To be a current member, you must have paid dues subsequent to February 15, 2018.


The application manuscript should consist of five poems (no more than 10 pages total), with only one poem per page. The poems must be typed, single-spaced—standard typeface (e.g., Times Roman, Garamond), 12 pt. The manuscript must be blind—without the author’s name appearing anywhere in it. All 5 poems should be in one file.


A cover letter is required containing the entrant's name, email address, and telephone number. It should also include the titles of the poems included in the packet. 

Do NOT include your name in the file name or anywhere on the Word document. Doing so will result in disqualification.

Offered for a humorous poem.
Open to PSSC Members Only.
Sponsor: Jane L. Tyler, M.D.
Prize: $50
Offered for a poem of any style or nature.
Open to PSSC members only.
Sponsor: The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation.
Prize Amount: $500
Offered for a poem of any style which draws on the landscape, history, or spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Marjory E. Peale.
Prize Amount: $100
Offered for a poem of any style which draws on the landscape, history, or spirit of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Marjory E. Peale.
Prize Amount: $100
Offered for the best lyric poem.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Jane L. Tyler, M.D.
Prize Amount: $50
Offered for the best lyric poem.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Jane L. Tyler, M.D.
Prize Amount: $50
Offered for a poem of any style or nature on a spiritual theme or subject.
Not to exceed thirty-two lines.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Thomas L. Johnson
Prize Amount: $50
Offered for a poem of any style or nature on a spiritual theme or subject.
Not to exceed thirty-two lines.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Thomas L. Johnson
Prize Amount: $50
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Family and Friends of Nancy Walton Pringle
Prize Amount: $200
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Family and Friends of Nancy Walton Pringle
Prize Amount: $200
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Friends of Starkey Flythe, Jr.
Prize Amount: $200
Offered for a poem of any style or subject matter.
Open to anyone.
Sponsor: Friends of Starkey Flythe, Jr.
Prize Amount: $200
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