Arts planner and news in the Midlands

September 22, 2013 

The South Carolina Honors College and the University of South Carolina Press are sponsoring a writing contest for the state’s high school juniors and seniors, asking them to answer this question: How should we improve the state of South Carolina?

Their work will be judged by Pat Conroy, New York Times-bestselling author of “The Water Is Wide,” “The Great Santini” and “The Prince of Tides.”

The students’ entries, in 750 words or less, can be essays, short stories, plays, poems or any other genre. The work will be evaluated on originality of response and quality of writing, with the contest entry due by noon Oct. 4.

Up to 30 first-round winners will be invited to the USC Honors College to receive their awards and participate in the second round on Oct. 19. The second round will be an impromptu 45-minute essay response to be written and evaluated that day. Conroy will read the essays and choose the grand prize winners.

Submit your entry online through the University of South Carolina Honors College,

South Carolina artists working in prose, poetry, acting and playwriting may apply for a 2014-2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Up to four fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. Applications and guidelines are available at

Palmetto Luna Arts is re-launching the IV Annual Amateur Latino Poetry Contest. The contest is designed for amateur writers and is open to all Hispanic/Latino individuals that live in South Carolina.

The deadline for submissions for the contest is Oct. 4.

Send your poems to: Latino Poetry Contest, 9 Cedar Top Lane, Columbia SC 29203 or

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