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MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest

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

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 or call at 843-792-0701.

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.