Meet our New Membership Chair

Poets and Poetry Lovers, We are pleased to introduce Betty L. Beer, our new SDSPS Membership Chair.  Information about joining SDSPS or renewing  your membership for 2015 is located here.  If you have questions, please email Betty at Thank you, also, to Sara Snelling, for her dedicated work as Membership Chair.  We are sorry […]

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Call for Poems!

Call for Poems The South Dakota State Poetry Society (SDSPS) seeks poems for its Spring 2015 issue of PASQUE PETALS. We do not accept previously published work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted somewhere else. Submit up to five poems in the body of your email

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Poet Laureate

David Allan Evans, our current Poet Laureate, is resigning from his post. The South Dakota State Poetry Society is now taking applications for the next Poet Laureate. Please go to the top menu, under Poet Laureate you will find information about applying for this position. Thank you!

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Announcing 2013 Poetry Contest Winners

Grand prize-cat.1 1st pl.-S.Amelia Snelling (at 82) 2nd pl.-Marsha Mittman (the Missing) 3rd pl.-Heather Aker (Making Thunder) HM.-Merry Lynn Fuerst (I laughed until I cried) SD. Woman who made a difference-cat.2 1st pl.-Daniel G. Snethen (One-Armed Hypocrisy) 2nd pl.-Barbara Duffey (Zitkala Sa) 3rd. pl.-Merry Lynn Fuerst (The Little Lady Sheep Herder) Animal-cat.3 1st pl.-Linda Shere

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Deadline Extended for SDSPS Contest

The deadline for our 38th Annual Poetry Contest has been extended to November 15th.  Please see the previous post or the latest issue of Pasque Petals for categories, guidelines, and entry fees. Mail entries and fees to: Dorianne Schmidt, 6113 N. Mineral Ave, Sioux Falls SD 57104 If you have questions, contact Dorianne at or

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Our Mission

“For the purpose of connecting to all South Dakota writers, rural and urban, and contributing to the state’s cultural growth, SDSPS seeks to foster the creation and appreciation of poetry that appeals to the senses, challenges the imagination, and stimulates creative and intellectual thought.” We welcome your membership!  For more information about how to join us,

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