To encourage poem-making and
poem-reading in South Dakota.

  • South Dakota
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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Scurfpea Publishing Opportunity

By ThatBrandyn | March 11, 2016

The Scurfpea Publishing 2016 Anthology   Call for poems.   Scurfpea Publishing invites submissions for our 2015 anthology to be edited by Brandyn Johnson (Black Hills State University). Poems must not have been previously published. No simultaneous submissions will be accepted. Previous Scurfpea anthologies can be found at scurfpeapublishing.com and at amazon.com.   Submission of …

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Spring Forth!

By ThatBrandyn | March 11, 2016

Happy (Early) Spring,   I can’t speak for East River, but we sure have had a mild winter coupled with an anxious spring. This annual thaw is usually perfect to knock the dust off of the old moleskin (at least if you’re like me; some poets are more disciplined, but when I can’t write, I …

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Calls for Events

By ThatBrandyn | February 20, 2016

Calls for Events!   As you may or may not know, I currently reside in Rapid City. That means I don’t always know what other poetry events are happening across the state. If you have any poetry-related event that you’d like the SDSPS to promote, please submit the details and I’ll get it on the …

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What’re You Reading 1/8/16

By ThatBrandyn | January 8, 2016

What’re You Reading?   Poets and poetry lovers,   Hopefully you received some new books over the holiday. If not, maybe you had enough time to crack open one you’ve been meaning to get to. Maybe it wasn’t even a book, but a poem that leapt from a journal or an online archive into your …

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Happy New Year!

By ThatBrandyn | January 8, 2016

Welcome 2016!  Greetings poets and poetry lovers,  Happy New Year, first of all. I wish all of you a fruitful 2016. I expect many good things out of this year. Why not? We have a new Poet Laureate to get to know. We have a state peopled with poets and readers from border to border. …

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Publication Opportunity

By ThatBrandyn | October 19, 2015

Our friends at Black Hills Books are looking for submissions. Take a look at their website and consider sending them something. They are looking for more than poetry? http://blackhillsbooks.com/anthology-submissions

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