LITERARY ARTS

16th ANNUAL LITERARY & 8th 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 16th Annual Literary Competition and the 8th Annual Youth Literary Competition at a free public reception and open mic at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, November 7, 2019 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.

16th Annual Literary Competition Awards


Poetry 
1st PLACE | A Part of the Clouds by Brittney Blaskowitz Prichard, Charlotte, NC
2nd PLACE | For Years by Katie Ellen Bowers, Heath Springs, SC
3rd PLACE | Snake Stories by Austin Lange, Rock Hill, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | The Coming of the Christmas Creep by Joy Colter, Rock Hill, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | Traveling Oeuvre d’Art by Debbie Hammond Lancaster, York, SC

Short Story
1st PLACE | A Grandson’s Promise by Treva Hammond, Rock Hill, SC
2nd PLACE | Malas Tierras by Hamilton Davis, York, SC
3rd PLACE | Azalea Lane by Peter Buttress, Lexington, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | A Gentlemanly Thing to Do by Virginia S. Moe, Rock Hill, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | Reva by Darryl Lewis, Rock Hill, SC

 

 

8th Annual Youth Literary Competition Awards 


Poetry
1st PLACE | The Lord’s Gaze by Harlen Rembert, Fort Mill, SC
2nd PLACE | Just Listen by Youjaye Daniels, Rock Hill, SC
3rd PLACE | I Am… by Meg Bratton, York, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | Violin Girl by Zoe Dubiski, Clover, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | Differences by Malaysia Wilson, Rock Hill, SC

Short Story
1st PLACE | Across the Page by Helena Cirian, Tega Cay, SC
2nd PLACE | One Match by Lily Sutton, Fort Mill, SC
3rd PLACE | Love in Color by Emma Bennett, Fort Mill, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | The Fairy Queen by Claire McNease, Fort Mill, SC
HONORABLE MENTION | Speaking Up by Lilah Haen, Tega Cay, 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.

16th Annual Literary Competitions:
  • Poetry | 20 works submitted by 13 authors from 6 cities and 2 states from across the southeast United States

  • Short Story | 10 works were submitted by 10 authors out of from 4 cities from across the South Carolina

8th Annual Youth Literary Competitions:
  • Poetry | 29 works submitted by 11 authors from 4 towns and cities within York County

  • Short Story | 12 works submitted by 12 authors from 4 towns and cities within York County

Prizes for the 16th 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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