poetry contests: Poetry Society of South Carolina
See http://www.poetrysocietysc.org/ for a copy of these guidelines and a listing of the prizes.
The Poetry Society of SC welcomes new members (from any location). Membership info available on website.
SPRING COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
Closing Date February 15, 2010
The John H. Bennett, Jr., Prize: $100. Offered for a poem dealing with Charleston, SC. Open to anyone.
The Jeanne Crandall Broulik Memorial Prize: $50. Offered for a poem relating to the sea or ships. Open to PSSC members only.
The John Robert Doyle, Jr. Prize: $50. Designed to commemorate the long and able service of Professor Doyle to The Poetry Society. Offered for a poem of any style or nature. Open to PSSC members only.
The Sandy Eubank Memorial Prize: $100. Offered for a poem in any style on any subject. Open to anyone.
The Forum Prize: $50. Designed to honor the Writers' Group of The Poetry Society. Offered for a poem of any style or nature. Open to members of The Poetry Society only. The Spring Forum critic will choose the finalists, and the winning poem will be selected by audience vote at the annual Spring Forum.
The Humorous Verse Prize: $50. Offered for a humorous poem. Open to PSSC members only.
The Gertrude Munzenmaier Prize: $50. Offered for a garden poem. Open to PSSC members only.
The Beatrice Ravenel Prize: $50. Offered for a poem in metrical form on a theme of universal interest, preferably with a Southern setting. Open to anyone.
The Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize: $200. Offered for a poem dealing with some aspect of theatre. Open to anyone.
The Peter Pan Prize: $50. Offered for a poem written by an adult for children ages 3 to 12. Open to members of The Poetry Society only.
The William Gilmore Simms Prize: $50. Offered for a poem of any style or nature. Open to anyone.
Entries must be postmarked no later than February 15. Prizes will be awarded at the Annual Forum in May, or mailed to those not in attendance.
Student Prize Competition
Postmark Date February 15, 2010
The Skylark Prize: $100. Offered in memory of Mr. John Bennett for a poem written by a student of any school in South Carolina, grades 9-12. Not to exceed 32 lines. Each entry must be accompanied by a statement of enrollment signed by the principal. Publication in a school magazine does not render a poem ineligible.
Entries must be postmarked no later than Februrary 15.
Entries must be ORIGINAL, typewritten using no smaller than a 12-point font and not exceeding 36 lines (including stanza break lines), single spaced on one side of 8 ½ x 11 inch paper unless otherwise stated. No staples, please.
Each poem entered must consist of two parts:
a. A title page on 8½ x11 inch paper. This must carry the name of the competition, the title of the poem, and the author’s name, postal address, and e-mail address.
b. The text of the poem with the name of the competition and title of the
poem at the top of the page. The author’s name and address must not appear on the page carrying the text of the poem.
An author may submit only one poem for each competition.
A poem may not be entered in more than one competition at the same time. A poem that has failed to win in a competition may later, after the results of the first competition are made public, be submitted for any other competition for which it is suitable.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED POEMS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE as entries except for the student Skylark Prize. Poems must not be under consideration elsewhere.
Prize winners grant the Poetry Society first publication rights for the prize-winning work. Authors retain all re-publication rights and are free to reprint the work in any publication subject to giving proper credit to the original publication in The Poetry Society of South Carolina Yearbook. The author guarantees that the submitted work has not previously been published elsewhere.
The winner of a prize becomes ineligible for the same prize the following year.
Submit entries to: PSSC Competitions, PO Box 1090, Charleston, SC 29402.
At the discretion of the judges, one or two honorable mentions may be awarded in any contest. Honorable mentions are not published or awarded a cash prize.
Poems entered for contests cannot be returned. They will be destroyed after the awards are announced.
The Poetry Society reserves the right to withhold any announced prize.
Note: Members submit their poems for free. Non-members must pay an entry fee of $5 for each poem. Please make checks payable to The Poetry Society of South Carolina.
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