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South Carolina Poetry Initiative 2011

Entries accepted February 20, 2011 and must be postmarked by Monday, March 14th 2011. The contest is sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, which is located in the University of South Carolina's English Department and The State newspaper. Winners will have their poems published in The State newspaper and will also receive cash prizes.  1st place $400.00
2nd place $300.00
3rd place $200.00
People's Choice $100.00

Entries accepted February 20th, 2011 and must be postmarked by Monday, March 14th, 2011.


  1. Each entry is a single poem.
  2. Poems submitted must be written by an individual 16 years of age or older.
  3. Poets may submit more than one poem. Each poem must be accompanied by a $5 fee made payable to :
    USC Educational Foundation. This is important: Checks made payable to other entities will not be accepted
  4. Each poem must be no more than 70 lines in length.
  5. The author's name should not appear on the page with the poem.
  6. Each entry must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes:
    1. name
    2. address
    3. phone number
    4. name of the poem
    5. e-mail address
    6. author's date of birth
    7. 50-75 word bio
  7. All poems entered must have been written by the poet.
  8. Only original poetry will be considered.
  9. All entries must be unpublished poems.
  10. No entries will be returned to the author.
  11. Previous winners must wait a period of two years before submitting work.
  12. Announcements about winners will be made in The State.
  13. Poets must be South Carolina natives or permanent residents of South Carolina.
  14. Note: Individual criticism of poems cannot be given.

Please mail your entry or entries to:

South Carolina Poetry Initiative
Department of English
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Entry Fee: Submissions should include a check for $5 made out to USC Educational Foundation to help defray administrative costs.

Judging: The contest's judge will be a nationally acclaimed poet.

Note:The top ten poems, as determined by our judge, will appear in The State newspaper two weeks prior to the Awards Ceremony; and from this list, readers will pick the winner of People's Choice prize. The final winners will be announced at a celebratory event featuring a reading by a renowned poet on Sunday, April 10th, 2011, at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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