This is the submission form for the 2nd Annual MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest sponsored by the MUSC Office of Student Programs and Student Diversity, the MUSC College of Health Professions, and Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. Please complete the poetry submission information below. This information will be used by the Planning Committee to select and notify finalists for the contest. You can save and come back to this submission, and a PDF will be emailed to you once completed.

Contest Rules:

• The contest theme this year is "mental health and wellness." Preference will be given to poems related to this topic.

• Poetry can be written in any poetic style.

• The poetry contest is open to youth in the community with categories for elementary school (K5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12) age students.

• A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.

• Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.

• Only one poem per student is allowed.

• Entries must be at least four lines long, but cannot exceed 16 lines.

• Do not type poem in all capital letters.

• Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be


A Reception will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020, and finalists will have the opportunity to read their poems and winners will be announced. RSVP through the contest website.

Please contact Dr. Cristina Smith with questions at

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