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.


2015 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 submitted entries during the 2013-2014 school year.

2015 Guidelines & Information:

Download the 2015 YSSW guidelines. Please note that the deadline for entries is January 5, 2015.

2014 Young Southern Student Writers Winners
The 2014 Award Winning Entries are available here! 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.