Kimberly wins Poetry Prize

Local poet Kimberly Simms has won first place in a poetry contest sponsored by the Arts Council of York County. Kimberly, a former English teacher and is also the 2016 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-resident.  She recently organized and emceed the Poetic Journeys poetry contest at the Art on the Trail Festival on October 22. You can read her poetry and learn more about her at

13th Annual Literary Competition - Short Fiction and Poetry

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County presented the awards for the 13th Annual Literary Competition and the 5th Annual Youth Literary Competition at a free, public reception and open mic at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6 PM.

The Annual Literary Competitions include two categories - short story and poetry. Authors were eligible to enter both the short story and the poetry competitions, and entries were eligible to win an award in each category. Independent jurors were: Totty Wilkerson, Beth Pierce, and Michelle Ramsey - members of the Perihelion Book Club, Earl Wilcox - retired, Winthrop University faculty - Assistant Professor Dustin M. Hoffman and Instructor of English Mary Martin, and Susan Ludvigson – retired Winthrop University faculty and published poet.

Winners of the 13th Annual Literary Competition – Poetry 
1st Place – “Blue Panes” by Kimberly Simms, Marietta, SC
2nd Place – “Dream Sequence” by Joy Colter, Rock Hill, SC
3rd Place – “Chartreuse and Plum” by Bailey V. Oedewaldt, Rock Hill, SC
Honorable Mention – “Awash” by Joy Colter, Rock Hill, SC
Honorable Mention – “Changing of the Guard at Greenbriar” by Barbara Guidry, Rock Hill, SC