What to submit: Students will submit up to three of their best poems that somehow relate to the overarching theme "growing up in South Dakota." We don't mean for this to be too restrictive, so write about what you are thinking about and feeling, but we also want some relation to life here in particular. The poems need not be autobiographical though.

Who can submit: Middle school and high school students in South Dakota.

Judging: Judging will be conducted by members of the South Dakota State Poetry Society board.

Awards: Middle school and high school submissions will be divided to be judged. The prizes are as following: $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third in both categories. There is also a possibility of one or two honorable mentions. Winning students will receive a check in the mail. The winning poems will be published to our blog page.

How to submit: Submission is free. Students can either make a submittable account and submit through that (see link below), or they can submit to our PO box (SDSPS / PO Box 8251 / Brookings, SD 57006), whichever way is easier. In either case, students must include an adult's (parent, teacher, caregiver) statement and signature that the work is the student's original work and that if selected, the work can be published to our website.

Other submission details: Include your name, school, and grade on each page of poetry you submit, whether online or via the mail. In the cover letter textbox on submittable, include a physical address.

Deadline to submit: Submissions will be open August 1, 2021 - November 15, 2021. (If mailing in your submission, the entry should be postmarked by the deadline.)

SDSPS MINI GRANT PROGRAM POLICY

  • SDSPS will budget up to $1,000 annually for distribution as SDSPS Mini Grants for projects that help SDSPS further its mission.
  • Up to four SDSPS Mini Grants of up to $250 each in matching funds may be distributed annually.

SDSPS MINI GRANT PROGRAM PROCEDURE

  • An SDSPS Mini Grant Committee shall be formed of three SDSPS Board Members, and shall be reviewed annually at the June meeting by the SDSPS Board.
  • Any current SDSPS member may submit a proposal to the SDSPS Mini Grant Program for up to $250 in matching funds to promote poets or poetry in South Dakota.
  • The procedure for applying for SDSPS Mini Grants shall be as follows:
  • The SDSPS Mini Grant Committee shall put out a call for proposals in  Pasque Petals. The committee may also use other media avenues for publicizing the call for proposals.
  • Any current SDSPS member, including South Dakota Poet Laureates, may submit a proposal to the SDSPS Mini Grant Committee.

Please upload the following as one PDF document:

1) A cover letter summarizing the request and indicating how the proposed project helps SDSPS fulfill its mission.

2) A brief Project Narrative that includes the following sections:

  • Overview: Describe the project in 2-3 sentences.
  • Needs Statement: What need does this project meet? Who will it serve
  • Project Description: Describe the project in more detail, including a timeline and personnel (including volunteers) who will carry it out. Include start and final dates for the project.
  • Assessment: How will you measure the success of your project? How will it help SDSPS fulfill its mission?

3) Project Budget: Include a total project budget that indicates how the funds requested from SDSPS will be spent, as well as how you will secure the required matching dollars. (Your project's total budget must be a minimum of $500, but may be larger.) 

4) A plan for how SDSPS shall be recognized as a sponsor at all activities of the projects that receive an SDSPS Mini Grant. Specifically, information about joining SDSPS and/or submitting work to Pasque Petals shall be made available to all people associated with or attending the project. (We will email you more details and our logo when your proposal is accepted.)

5) A Final Report of awarded projects shall be submitted no more than 30 days following the final date of the project. We will let you know where and how to submit the final report that should include the following:

  • An overview of the completed project.
  • An evaluation of the completed project using the measures that were proposed in the original proposal
  • A financial statement indicating how the SDSPS mini-grant funds were spent.
  • Receipts corresponding with the income and expenses (related to mini-grant) on the financial statement.
  • Copies of any program or print advertising for the project, and/or links to any online materials to show that SDSPS was recognized as a supporter and that participants received information about how to join SDSPS and submit to Pasque Petals and SDSPS contests.

Please note, when the Poetry Mini-Grant Committee reviews proposals and/or requests for sponsorship, they will be asking these questions:

  • Does the project or idea help SDSPS meet its mission?
  • Does SDSPS have the cash resources needed to sponsor this event?
  • Does SDSPS have the volunteer resources needed to sponsor this event?
  • Will the project cast SDSPS in a good light and make people want to be part of the organization?
  • Is the person or group proposing the idea able to volunteer to see it through?
  • Is the person proposing the idea a current SDSPS member?
  • Are there other groups or people we could partner with to make this happen in a bigger way to celebrate and encourage South Dakota poems & poem-making?

If you have any questions about the Mini-Grant program, please send a message to SDSPS through our website's contact page: https://sdpoetry.org/contact/ 

Learn more about other SDSPS Membership benefits and how to join here: https://sdpoetry.org/membership/

Rules and Guidelines, 2021 Contest

Poets may enter in two categories: Portrait or Landscape.

Portrait Category: Poems about you or someone you know from South Dakota. This is a category of both biography and autobiography.

Landscape Category: Poems about the land and features that make South Dakota unique.

Each poet may submit a total of five (5) poems in his or her submission. There is a fee of five dollars ($4.00) per submission for nonmembers and two dollars ($2.00) per submission for members. There is no restriction on length or style of poem. We only accept electronic entries at www.sdsps.submittable.com.

Please indicate on each poem which category you intend to enter it into. The contest manager has spent considerable time in the past trying to determine which poem was intended for which category. So, at the title line on each poem, please write Title (Portrait) or Title (Landscape). If your entire submission is intended for the landscape category, please write that on the submission itself like Landscape Poems.

Also, upload a document format not a pdf, and do not write your name on the poem(s). Please include a brief third-person bio and your physical mailing address when you submit (where we will send the check). Submissions that fail to follow the instructions will not be considered.

There will be honorees of $100, $75, and $50 for the top places in each of the two tracts of the annual contest, and winning poems will be published in the spring issue of Pasque Petals.  Honorable Mention candidates are possible and all submitted poems will be considered for publication in the physical Pasque Petals and on our website. Judging is done by members of the SDSPS board selected by the Contest Manager.

Submisions will be accepted from Aug. 1 to Dec. 1.
Entries are open August 1, 2021 until December 1, 2021.  We look forward to your submissions via Submittable.

Rules and Guidelines, 2021 Contest

Poets may enter in two categories: Portrait or Landscape.

Portrait Category: Poems about you or someone you know from South Dakota. This is a category of both biography and autobiography.

Landscape Category: Poems about the land and features that make South Dakota unique.

Each poet may submit a total of five (5) poems in his or her submission. There is a fee of five dollars ($4.00) per submission for nonmembers and two dollars ($2.00) per submission for members. There is no restriction on length or style of poem. We only accept electronic entries at www.sdsps.submittable.com.

Please indicate on each poem which category you intend to enter it into. The contest manager has spent considerable time in the past trying to determine which poem was intended for which category. So, at the title line on each poem, please write Title (Portrait) or Title (Landscape). If your entire submission is intended for the landscape category, please write that on the submission itself like Landscape Poems.

Also, upload a document format not a pdf, and do not write your name on the poem(s). Please include a brief third-person bio and your physical mailing address when you submit (where we will send the check). Submissions that fail to follow the instructions will not be considered.

There will be honorees of $100, $75, and $50 for the top places in each of the two tracts of the annual contest, and winning poems will be published in the spring issue of Pasque Petals.  Honorable Mention candidates are possible and all submitted poems will be considered for publication in the physical Pasque Petals and on our website. Judging is done by members of the SDSPS board selected by the Contest Manager.

Submisions will be accepted from Aug. 1 to Dec. 1, 2021.  We look forward to your submissions via Submittable.

South Dakota State Poetry Society