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To encourage poem-making and
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The SDSPS was incorporated as a non-profit organization on August 8, 1970.

Our Mission

To encourage and foster the writing and publication of poetry by South Dakota writers and to promote excellence therein; to arouse in students of high school and college age, interest in the creative writing of poetry; to foster or publish Pasque Petals, a magazine, on a regular basis, thereby continuing the publication which was begun before the Society was organized, which publication is devoted chiefly to poetry, to stimulate by such proper means as the sponsoring of contests, awarding of prizes, and by other means of encouragement, the writing of poetry; and by these means to aid in the cultural growth of South Dakota.

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About Those Rejections…

By Marsha Warren Mittman | September 23, 2020

Today, I am celebrating.      I’ve been fortunate to have had numerous poems printed in a variety of publications over the past few years. But like every other poet, I’ve suffered through my fair share of rejections.      So what am I celebrating? A REQUEST!! An actual, real, personal REQUEST to submit to a special …

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South Dakota Poets of Merit

By DarlaBiel | August 3, 2020

The results are in! Our 2020 Poets of Merit are Linda M. Hasselstrom and Zitkála-Šá. 2020 South Dakota Poet of Merit: Living Category Linda M. Hasselstrom, essayist and poetHermosa, SD Hasselstrom was nominated by SDSPS member Bruce Roseland, and of her, he says, “To put it plainly, Linda Hasselstrom is a living legend, not just …

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Portrait Category Contest Winners 2020

By sdpoetry | January 22, 2020

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted to our annual contest! We are excited to announce the winners of the portrait category: Judy Larson, Todd Williams, and John Nelson! Our contest judge was Holly Moseley. Here are the winning poems: SECOND PLACE THE DEADWOOD NUTS (FOR MIKE) By Todd Williams   We were family once, …

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Landscape Category Contest Winners 2020

By sdpoetry | January 15, 2020

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted to our annual contest! We are excited to announce the winners of the landscape category: Holly Moseley, John Nelson, and Donna Kelly! Our contest judge was Courtney Huse Wika. Here are the winning poems: SECOND PLACE Turning Back   By John Nelson                         Once I would have flown into …

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SDSPS Poet of Merit Award Nominations Open

By DarlaBiel | October 3, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA POET OF MERIT AWARDS The South Dakota Poetry Society announces the creation of a Poet of Merit Award, in two categories: Living and Posthumous. A South Dakota Poet of Merit Award may be granted in either or both of the two categories during each of the years in which a new South Dakota …

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Brookings Poetry Roundtable: You’re Invited!

By sdpoetry | September 26, 2019

Brookings, SD. Earlier this month a group of area poets gathered at the downtown Cottonwood Coffee shop for the first meeting of the Brookings Poetry Roundtable. Five poets brought poems to share, and we spent an hour taking turns reading our poem and gathering feedback from the group. It was an enjoyable time of coffee …

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