The South Carolina State Library is seeking artwork and literature depicting last year’s historic floods for a display commemorating the disaster of October 2015. The library will accept submissions of prose, poetry, photographs, and digital art from the general public this month for #SCStronger, a special library gallery. The display will honor those who responded to the flood event and examine the impact it had on the state.

You may submit up to five (5) works per person by noon on Friday, October 28. The works will be selected for display by a committee of SCSL staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Gruber at sgruber@statelibrary.sc.gov.

Image of flood in SC, October 2015. #SCStronger
"South Carolina flood response" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Submission Guidelines

The South Carolina State Library (SCSL) will begin accepting submissions of original work related to the October 2015 flooding in the following categories: poetry, prose, photography, or digital image. All South Carolina residents may enter. There is no entry free for submissions. Submissions are accepted via mail or email. Please be advised that selected work may be included in a future publication and/or visual display.

All submissions must include a title; for images, please include a written description of 100 words or less describing the image, the location where the photograph was taken, and the names of any persons in the photo. Obscene, provocative, or otherwise objectionable content will not be considered, and such determination is solely at the discretion of the SCSL.

All digital images must be: 20 megabytes or smaller; in JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF format; and at least 1600 pixels wide (if horizontal) or tall (if vertical). The photograph and description, each in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken and written respectively by the entrant. Though entrants retain copyright in each image submitted, the digital image file(s) submitted will not be returned. Each entrant may submit up to five (5) images and accompanying descriptions.

The following writing categories will be accepted: inspirational writing, memoirs/personal essay, rhyming poetry, non-rhyming poetry, children’s and young adult fiction. Prose submissions are not to exceed 5,000 words; poetry is not to exceed 500 words.

Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, and not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Any piece posted online, other than a personal blog, is considered published.

If you are submitting a written entry via regular mail, the entry must be typed on one side of 8 ½ x 11 or A4 white paper. Mailed entries longer than one page in length must be paper clipped. Poems may be either double-spaced or single-spaced. Written submissions submitted online must be in PDF format or as a Word document.


If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the Photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without compensation. Where feasible, entrants should obtain a person release from all persons who appear in the Photograph submitted, without compensation, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification from inclusion in a display or future publication.

For more information, please contact Sean Gruber at (803) 734-0462 or sgruber@statelibrary.sc.gov.

Provide a description if you are submitting a digital image.
Provide a location if you are submitting a digital image.
.jpg, .png, .gif, and .tif formats accepted.
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png tif pdf doc docx.