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.  A variety of literature is considered including fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry for consideration.  The 2021 award will be given at the closing of the SouthWord Abridged Festival.



Applications and nominations will be taken in the fall for 2022Authors should submit an application, curriculum vitae and three copies of a completed, published work.  Self-published works are not eligible for the award. 


Application deadline is September 30, 2022.  The winner will be announced on Nov. 17, 2022 at the ClubLit fundraising event


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.  



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