Creative Writing Poetry Contests

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February 5, 2013 - South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) poetry students Ian Burnette and Anne Shelley Hucks were recognized by the international poetry contest, The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. Burnette claimed first prize and Hucks was one of two runners-up selected.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers recognizes outstanding high school sophomore and junior poets throughout the world. As the contest winner from 513 entrants, Burnette will have his work "Full Blood” appear in an upcoming issue of The Kenyon Review, as well as a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop. Hucks will also have her work “Mobile” published.

The students recognize the importance of this contest and what it can mean to the future of their writing.

“To receive this award is an incredible honor, ” says Burnette. “Having my work recognized by The Kenyon Review is affirmation that the things I’m doing to become a better writer are in some way right. Most importantly, this award serves as great motivation to continue honing my craft every day and working at it as hard as I can.”

“Our poems are going to be published in The Kenyon Review, which is a very prestigious journal. Other journals and colleges will have the opportunity to read our work, which will open up a lot of doors for us, ” says Hucks.

“Ian is one of those people we envy precisely because he seems to be good at everything. He has an extraordinary ability to envelop his keen writing talent with a kindness that resonates in his work. This kindness enables him to the see the world in a more thoughtful way, ” says Morgan. “His poems sing often of family and place; they are relentless in their questioning but infinitely patient. His poems listen to the world.”

“Shelley's work, like Shelley herself, is curious. To her, anything in her life is valid subject matter, and she endeavors to see each piece, re-discover it and reconfigure how to love it, ” says Morgan. “She's tough, resourceful, various and generous; her character is what makes her writing so vivid and believable. “

Both are very quick to note the support of the school and its instruction in their success.

“This honor is a great testament to the incredible skill and devotion Mamie possesses. I believe her introduction to poetry is superior to and completely unlike any other class of its kind happening in America today, ” says Burnette.

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