Sophie’s Writers Group welcomes wordsmiths of all genres and forms – novels, plays, poetry, journalism, songs, and short stories to meet monthly in a relaxed atmosphere to share and critique their work. There is no charge and the group is always open to new writers! Held monthly at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth St. in Newport.

Currently, there are no meetings scheduled.

20th Annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence

Get ready for our 20th annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence! Download your entry form here for contest rules and guidelines.

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19th Annual PCCA Awards for Poetic Excellence

Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners!

Perry County Poet Laureate
William G. Davies, Jr. “Suddenly”

Kenneth P. Allen Competition
(theme: Rebirth/Transformation)
Guy Graybill “Second Harvest”

First Place
Louise Thomas “(I am)”

Second Place
Louise Thomas “tattoo”

Third Place
Lynelle David “Titanic’s Song”

Honorable Mentions
Dorothy Holcombe Damiano “The Prize”
Alayna Lauver “Mirror, Mirror”
Lynne Reeder “to feel”

This year’s judge is Priscilla Oppenheimer, a Camp Hill native and graduate of Wells College, BA and the University of Colorado, MA. She has been a board member and officer of several community organizations and has appeared in various stage productions. She was a contributing essayist to two books: The Harlem Renaissance, and A Gertrude Stein Companion. Oppenheimer also worked as an editor of various novels and literary studies. Her other interests include genealogy and Germany.

Elizabeth Yon-1999
Ed Rech-2000
Melody Davis-2001
Joy Campbell-2002
Ann Benvenuto-2003
Melody Davis-2004
Melanie Simms-2005
Cordelia Jensen-2006
Cordelia Jensen-2007
Beth Jacobs-2008
Sandra Philpott-2009
Samantha McAlicher-2010
Fritz Williams-2011
Sandra Philpott-2012
William Davies Jr.-2013
Kenneth J. Little-2014
William Davies Jr.-2015
Lynne Reeder-2016
William Davies Jr.-2017