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South Carolina Poetry Initiative 2011:

Deadline: This competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems. Manuscripts accepted from Saturday, January 1, 2011 thru Tuesday, March 14, 2011.


  1. The competition is open both to those who have not published a book-length collection and to those who have.
  2. Manuscripts must be post-marked by Monday, March 14. Those postmarked later will be returned unread.
  3. Manuscripts of 45 to 95 pages should be typed on standard sized paper (8 1/2 by 11). DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY.
  4. Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page. Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page.
  5. Individual collections must be the work of a single author.
  6. Translations are not accepted.
  7. Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgments will not be considered during the contest.
  8. Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  9. The manuscript should be submitted in a plain 9 x 11 1/2" manila folder. Please do not submit manuscripts bound in ring binders or plastic holders.
  10. Submissions are limited to writers 21 years or older.
  11. Poets must be South Carolina natives or permanent residents of South Carolina.
  12. Previous winners must wait a period of 3 years before submitting manuscripts.

Return of Manuscripts: Because we cannot guarantee the return of the manuscripts, all entries become the property of The South Carolina Poetry Initiative and those not chosen will be re-cycled. DO NOT include a self-addressed stamped envelope. All contestants will be notified following the final selection.

Entry fee: Submissions should include a check for $15 made out to USC Educational Foundation to help defray administrative costs.

Judging: The final judge for the competition is a nationally known and respected poet. Individual criticism of manuscripts cannot be given.

Prize: The winning manuscript will be published by the University of South Carolina Press the following year. The final winner will be announced Sunday May 1st, 2011 at 2:00pm at a celebratory event at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Please mail manuscripts and accompanying information to:

The South Carolina Poetry Initiative
Department of English
c/o Kwame Dawes
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208

*This contest is sponsored through a partnership between the Poetry Initiative and the USC Press.

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