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2021 MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest accepting student entries

Published on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

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Students are invited to submit work to the 2021 MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest.

This third annual contest honors acclaimed Charleston native and civil rights advocate Septima P. Clark for her dedication to service, education and equality. This year’s contest theme is "Life During COVID-19." Poems featuring this theme will be given preference. The 2021 contest has been opened to students across the state in addition to Lowcountry schools with categories for elementary school (kindergarten through fifth-grade), middle school (grades sixth through eighth-grade), and high school (ninth through 12-grade) students now through March 15.

Finalists for each category will be announced mid-April, and winners will be invited to read their poems in a virtual Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 30. The reception will feature Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker.

Poetry can be written in any poetic style. Only one poem per student is allowed. Entries must be at least four lines long but no more than 16 lines.

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Cristina Smith at or 843-792-0701.

View full contest details and the submission form.