Local Distinguished Author Award


The Local Distinguished Author Award is awarded annually to recognize the outstanding achievement of authors in our area and to raise awareness of their talent.



Applications will be taken in the fall for 2021Authors, 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 lynda@solitalliance.org


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.



A three-judge panel whose members have demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the field of creative and published writing chooses the winner. The winning author must demonstrate a successful track record of publication in the genre of fiction, non-fiction, short story or poetry.  2020's judges included:

  • Sunny Montomgery, the digital editor for Get Out Chattanooga magazine and writer and editor for Chatter magazine.

  • Dr. Nick Mansito, Assistant Professor of English at Chattanooga State Community College. Dr. Mansito has authored two poetry collections, “3rd & 7th” and “Miscellaneous Debris.”

  • Dr. Victoria Bryan, Dean of the Honors College and Academic Enhancement at Cleveland State University.




The prize trophy, designed and sculpted by local artist Isaac Duncan