Barnett Prize for Local Distinguished Author


Southern Lit Alliance is pleased to present the Barnett Prize for Local Distinguished Author. The Barnett Prize will be awarded annually to recognize the outstanding achievement of authors in our area and to raise awareness of their talent. The award is offered through the generosity of Warren Barnett, art philanthropist and President of Barnett & Company, a firm offering personalized investment council in Chattanooga for 35 years.



Nominations for the Barnett Prize will be accepted through Feb. 28. Authors, or their nominating agent, should submit an application, curriculum vitae and three copies of a completed, published work.  Self-published works are not eligible for the award.  Send the application to:

                        Southern Lit Alliance  

                        301 E. 11th Street, Suite 301

                        Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403.

​For more information or questions, contact Lynda LeVan at


Authors must reside in Hamilton or the contiguous counties of Sequatchie, Marion, Rhea, Meigs, or Bradley counties in Tennessee. Eligible Georgia authors must reside in Catoosa, Walker or Dade counties.


The winner will be announced as part of our SouthWord literary festival which is being rescheduled for the fall.  Check back for more information.




A three-judge panel whose members have demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the field of creative and published writing will choose the winner. The winning author must demonstrate a successful track record of publication in the genre of fiction, non-fiction, short story or poetry. 





The Arts Building

301 East 11th Street

Suite 301

Chattanooga, TN 37403


(423) 267-1218

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