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Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Contest

The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Contest is a biannual (once each academic semester) poetry competition. Each term, Coastal Carolina University undergraduate students have the opportunity to enter the contest. The poems are read (without names or other identifying characteristics) by a nationally-renowned outside judge. The winner receives $100 and several copies of the broadside.

Although there is no restriction concerning subject, style, or form, poems must be 40 or fewer lines. Previous winners of the contest are ineligible. A list of guidelines and dates for submission will be distributed each semester.

The contest is named in honor and memory of Paul Rice who taught in the English Department from 1987-2004.

Click here for Entry Guidelines(Poems must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018.) 

For further information, contact Jason Ockert, Coordinator of Creative Writing, at or 843-349-2531.

Past Winners

2017 Fall Winner: Anne M. Kelley

"Disaster" by Anne Kelley Fall 2017 image

2017 Spring Winner: Zach Thomas

"Family Plot" Zach Thomas Spring 2017 (Image)  Nov. 2017

2016 Fall Winner: Victoria Green

"Sonnet for a Sick Mother" Victoria Green Fall 2016 (Image) Nov. 2017

2016 Spring Winner: Sarah Navin

"Persephone's Handmaidens" Sarah Navin Spring 2018 (Image) Nov. 2017

2015 Fall Winner: Mickayla Smith

"The Truth in War" Fall 2015 Mickayla Smith (Image) Nov. 2017

2014 Fall Winner: Mikaella Victoria A. Antonio

"We Are Ugly" Fall 2014 Mikaella Victoria A. Antonio (Image) Nov 2017