Young Southern Student Writers


The Southern Lit Alliance brings readers and writers together to celebrate literature in Chattanooga. Through this outreach we touch over 10,000 students annually through the Young Southern Student Writers initiative, Writers In Classrooms residencies and Creative Writing Workshops for Teachers.


2014 Young Southern Student Writers

The annual program nurtures students' reading and writing skills throughout the school year. Students in grades K through 12 enter original works in prose and poetry for this important writing competition, judged by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of English. Over 4,200 students participated this school year.

Congratulations to the 2014 Young Southern Student Writers winners! The Award Ceremonies for grades K-5 (6-7 PM) and 6-12 (7:30 to 8:30 PM) are set for May 6, 2014, at the Tivoli Theatre. 

Thanks to the UTC Department of English, the 2014 Award Winning Entries are available online! Here are the links for grades K-5 and grades 6-12.


2013 Young Southern Student Writers Winners
Click here to access the 2013 Young Southern Student Writers winners' on-line anthology featuring all of last year's honorees.