Young Southern Student Writers


The Southern Lit Alliance's Celebration of Southern Literature (CSL) and Special Literary Events bring hundreds of readers and writers together to celebrate literature in Chattanooga. During the CSL alone, the Southern Lit Alliance reaches over 10,000 students through its Education Enrichment programs—the Young Southern Student Writers, Writers In Classrooms and Creative Writing Workshops for Teachers.


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 5,300 students are expected to participate during the 2013-2014 school year. Student winners will be announced during the annual awards Ceremony of Distinction at the Tivoli Theatre on May 6, 2014.

The Young Southern Student Writers has grown exponentially since its inception in 1999 as a literacy program of the Southern Lit Alliance's Celebration of Southern Literature.

TEACHERS:  Click here for the 2013-2014 Young Southern Student Writers' guidelines.  Entry deadline is January 13, 2014.


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.