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LITERARY COMPETITIONS

Highlighting the best in short stories and poetry.

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.

18th ANNUAL LITERARY & 10th ANNUAL YOUTH LITERARY COMPETITIONS
Short Story & Poetry

Sponsored by the Perihelion Book Club of Rock Hill and Williams & Fudge

The Arts Council of York County presented the awards for the 18th Annual Literary Competition and the 10th Annual Youth Literary Competition at a virtual reception on Thursday, November 4, 2021. This reception honored those who participated in this year’s competition, and celebrated National Family Literacy Month and National Novel Writing Month.

18th Annual Literary Competition Awards

Poetry

1st PLACE | The Thief by Brittney Blaskowitz Prichard, Charlotte, NC

2nd PLACE | Awash in Light by Earl J. Wilcox, Rock Hill, SC

3rd PLACE | Another of Nature’s Plans by Austin Lange, Rock Hill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Buzzword by Kristy Bengivenga, Rock Hill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Magic Evening by gratefulsue, Fort Mill, SC

Short Story

1st PLACE | Contraption by Anthony Torres, Rock Hill, SC

2nd PLACE | Sacrifice by Erik Schutzman, Fort Mill, SC

3rd PLACE | Uncle Will by Janet Sarjeant,” Charlotte, NC

HONORABLE MENTION | Den of Rhyme by Craig Faris, Rock Hill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | The Path Home by Brian Wilson, Rock Hill, SC

 


10th Annual Youth Literary Competition Awards 
Poetry

1st PLACE | The Day the Sun Set by Gaby Roman

Rock Hill High School, Rock Hill, SC

2nd PLACE | In His Throne by Harlen Rembert

Nation Ford High School, Fort Mill, SC

3rd PLACE | The Twisted Tongue by Jack Dickens

Westminster Catawba Christian School, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | Eyes by Alex Diederich

Nation Ford High School, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | I Am by Lily Sinclair

Catawba Ridge High School, Fort Mill, SC

Short Story

1st PLACE | Common Casualty by Marina Puno

Fort Mill High School, Tega Cay, SC

2nd PLACE | The Ice Wolf by Cody Bruns

Clover High School, Clover, SC

3rd PLACE | Outside the Box by Grant Luebbe

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | It Happens Every Night by Jack Dickens

Westminster Catawba Christian School, Fort Mill, SC

HONORABLE MENTION | The Color Blind Justice League by Maiyah Kee d.b.a Paige Turner

Crowders Creek Elementary School, York, SC

Notebook and Pen

2021 JURORS

Pauline Brown (Clinton College)

Alison Boulton (Liberty Book Company) 

Angelo Geter (Rock Hill Poet Laureate) 

Lucille Harper (retired teacher)

Mary Martin (Winthrop University)

Sarah Metts (York County Library)

Rayne Rickrode (Liberty Book Company)

2021 SPONSORS

18th Annual Literary Competition | Perihelion Club

10th Annual Youth Literary Competition | Williams & Fudge

*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.

This program is supported by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

 

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.

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