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To encourage poem-making and
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SDSPS was organized in 1927 and incorporated as a South Dakota non-profit 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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Poetry Interactions: Online Classes and Revision

By sdpoetry | April 14, 2021

As part of challenging myself to interact with poetry, I also ended up taking a few online poetry classes. At first I just wanted to learn more of the poetry basics for a refresher and hopefully to be introduced to some new information. So, I took Coursera’s free course: “Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop.” This …

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Poetry Interactions: The Challenge, Reading, and Sharing

By sdpoetry | April 7, 2021

Happy National Poetry Month! I hope this month you get a chance to read more poetry, write more, if you like, and pay attention to your life in a way that helps you slow down and make meaning. I decided to write a little series of blog posts on poetry interactions, and here’s the first …

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National Poetry Month Poetry Prompts

By sdpoetry | April 1, 2021

Dear Poetry Friends,  In celebration of National Poetry Month the SDSPS board has compiled a treasure trove of writing prompts to encourage you to create some lovely new poems! If you develop one or two into your own treasures, remember to send them to the Society. We would love to consider them for inclusion in …

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Winning Landscape Poems from the 2020 Annual Contest

By sdpoetry | January 29, 2021

Congratulations to the winning poets of the annual contest! This year Darla Biel judged the landscape category. She said it was tough to pick winners because she was so impressed with the work that was submitted. Thank you to everyone who entered, and enjoy reading these poems. “Eight South Dakota Riffs on Rilke’s ‘Herbsttag’ (Autumn …

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Winning Portrait Poems from the 2020 Annual Contest

By sdpoetry | January 22, 2021

Congratulations to the winning poets of the annual contest! This year Lee Ann Roripaugh judged the portrait category. She said there were so many wonderful poems she really enjoyed reading them all. Thank you to everyone who entered, and enjoy reading these poems. First Place: “Morning Dew on Stone” The killdeer didn’t return this spring …

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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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