LITERARY ARTS

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2021 LITERARY COMPETITIONS
POETRY | SHORT STORY
18th Annual Literary Competition
10th Annual Youth Literary Competition

The Arts Council of York County presents the 18th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States; and the 10th Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry by students enrolled in K-12 programs from across York County, SC.

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2020 LITERARY COMPETITIONS
17th ANNUAL LITERARY & 9th ANNUAL YOUTH LITERARY COMPETITIONS
Short Story & Poetry

Sponsored by the Perihelion Book Club of Rock Hill*

The Arts Council of York County presented the awards for the 17th Annual Literary Competition and the 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition at a virtual reception on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM. This reception honored those who participated in this year’s competition, and celebrated National Family Literacy Month and National Novel Writing Month.

17th Annual Literary Competition Awards

Poetry

1st PLACE | What We Got to Be Scared Of by Jessica Mueller, Rock Hill, SC

2nd PLACE | Old Frog by Bonnie Stanard, Lexington, SC

3rd PLACE | A Real Life by Dawn Woods, Charlotte, NC

HONORABLE MENTION | I Ran My Cursor Over Your Name by John M. Starino, Lexington, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Cleaning House by Joy Colter, Rock Hill, SC

Short Story

1st PLACE | Joey’s Gift by Joseph C. Shields, Aiken, SC

2nd PLACE | Melting by Julia Brietkreutz, Rock Hill, SC

3rd PLACE | The Ground Before Zero by Craig S. Faris, Rock Hill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Sugar Magnolia by Susan Demchak, Rock Hill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Call Me Old-Fashioned by Leslie A. Peterson, Aiken, SC

 

 

9th Annual Youth Literary Competition Awards 
Poetry

1st PLACE | Whatever Happened to Yesteryear by Margaret L. Rosinski, Fort Mill, SC

2nd PLACE | In His Accord by Madeleine Jones, Rock Hill, SC

3rd PLACE | The Death of George Floyd by Jaelyn LaSalle Foster, Rock Hill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | To All the Bullies by Lilliana Albert, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Moments by Harlen Rembert, Fort Mill, SC

Short Story

1st PLACE | Alien Brain, Human Heart: My Life with Eddie Venus | Excerpts from the Entirely True Memoir of Astrid Doyle by Jessica Branham, Rock Hill, SC

2nd PLACE | Companions by Emily Rushing, Fort Mill, SC

3rd PLACE | Fish by Megan Andrews, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Control by Layla Brindisi, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Tales from Little Man Island by Ashley Donaldson, Rock Hill, SC

The Annual Literary Competitions include two categories - short story and poetry. Each category has been judged independently by members of the Perihelion Book Club including Lucile Harper, and faculty from the Winthrop University Department of English: Melissa McArthur Gilbert, Instructor of English Mary Martin, and Assistant Professor Ephraim Scott Sommers. Authors were eligible to enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there are no repeat prizewinners within the categories. The winners of the 8th Annual Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

17th Annual Literary Competitions:
  • Poetry | 20 works submitted by 13 authors from 6 cities and 2 states from across the southeast United States

  • Short Story | 13 works were submitted by 12 authors from 4 cities from across the South Carolina

9th Annual Youth Literary Competitions:
  • Poetry | 15 works submitted by 9 authors from 3 towns and cities within York County

  • Short Story | 19 works submitted by 19 authors from 4 towns and cities within York County

Prizes for the 17th Annual Literary Competition were underwritten by the Perihelion Club. The Perihelion Club, as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, began in 1898 as a literary and social club in Rock Hill. Over the years, club members, individually and as a club, have supported literacy in the community in a variety of ways - by conducting story hour at elementary schools, purchasing books for school libraries and funding a scholarship at Winthrop University. Today its members continue to share their love of literature with each other and to eagerly support literacy efforts in the community by raising funds at an auction held annually at its December meeting. The Perihelion Club is very proud to encourage writers of short stories and poetry by funding prizes for this competition.
 

*The Perihelion Book Club, as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, began in 1898 as a literary and social club in Rock Hill.  Over the years, club members, individually and as a club, have supported literacy in the community in a variety of ways - by conducting story hour at elementary schools, purchasing books for school libraries and funding a scholarship at Winthrop University. Today its members continue to share their love of literature with each other and to eagerly support literacy efforts in the community by raising funds at an auction held annually at its December meeting. The Perihelion Book Club is very proud to encourage writers of short stories and poetry by funding prizes for this competition.

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