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South Carolina High School Writing Contest Is Open

High school juniors and seniors of South Carolina: check out this writing contest accepting submissions of all genres through December 2, 2016. If you would like feedback on your work in progress, consider visiting our Study Hall programs at Main every Tuesday afternoon 3:30-5:30, or our Book A Learning Coach service.

Below are the contest details in the organizers' own words:

Submissions for the fourth annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest are now being accepted. The contest is open to South Carolina high school juniors and seniors. The topic is "How should we improve the state of South Carolina?" Students can respond in any genre (fiction, drama, poetry, essay) in 750 words or less. 

Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners. The entries of finalists and winners will be published in a young writers anthology by the University of South Carolina Press.


Pam Durban, Aiken native, winner of the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Fiction

Nikky Finney, Conway native, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry

To enter

Click here or contact the contest coordinator, Aïda Rogers, at

Deadline: December 2

Student must be a resident of South Carolina. Public, private, and home-school students are welcome to submit their work.

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