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MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest

2020 Welcome and Winners of the 2nd Annual Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest!

SPC Poetry Contest Flyer

View the video of our Poetry Contest

Awards Reception, Friday, May 1, 6 pm EST

   Consent has been obtained from all individuals featured in the video.

 

This 2nd annual contest honors acclaimed Charleston native and civil rights advocate Septima P. Clark for her dedication to service, education, and equality. This is the second year for this collaboration Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. The contest theme is "mental health and wellness," and poetry submissions have been accepted from elementary school (grades K-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12) students. The 2020 submission due date has passed, and finalists for each category will be announced in late April 2020. First place prizes include a Chromebook, hover board, and bicycle.

Finalists will be invited to read their poems as part of the online Awards Reception on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 6 pm EST. The Reception will be open to the community and feature Keynote Speaker Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina's Poet Laureate.

Advanced registration is required, and the website link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event to those who register in advance.

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Cristina Reyes Smith at smithcris@musc.edu or call at 843-792-0701.

Congratulations to our Winners!  Thank you to all the individuals that participated in and supported this program!  We look forward to another exciting submission cycle next year beginning in January 2020.  Be sure to check back for details!

Poems have been posted with permission from the authors.

 

Elementary School (Kindergarten - 5th Grade)

1st

Hannah

Metzger

My Anchor

2nd

Alesia

Bireescu

The Balance of Feelings

3rd

John-Radlee

Whitworth

Ode to Anxiety

 

Middle School (6th - 8th Grade)

1st

Maykayla

Burns

Ascending

2nd

Kierra

Hale

Mentally Broken

3rd

Iris Hailee

Pinckney

I Am Broken

 

High School (9th - 12th Grade)

1st

Ellie

Elrod

Do You Wish to Continue?

2nd

Madeline

Flynn

Promise: You Still Do Not Want to Die

3rd

Olivia

Campeau

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View the video of our Poetry Contest Awards Reception, Friday, May 1, 6 pm EST. Consent has been obtained from all individuals featured in the video.

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest Page

MUSC Septima P. Clark Awards Reception RSVP Link

Advanced registration is required for the online 

Poetry Contest Awards Reception on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Click here to register.