Applications Open for Local Distinguished Author Award

SoLit is pleased to announce the fourth annual presentation of the Local Distinguished Author Award. The Local Distinguished Author Award is given to recognize the amazing accomplishments of authors in our area, raise awareness of their talent, and celebrate their body of work. This year’s award will be presented at SoLit’s fundraising event, Club Lit. Authors can apply for themselves, and anyone can nominate their favorite author for the award. The deadline to apply is September 30th, 2022. Previous award winners include Roy Morris, Jr., Richard Jackson, and Earl Braggs.

Authors should submit an application, curriculum vitae, and three copies of a completed published work to Southern Lit Alliance at 301 E. 11th Street, Suite 301, Chattanooga, TN 37403. The application can be found at Southern Lit Alliance’s website at

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

Self-published works are not eligible for the award.

For more information or questions, contact Lynda LeVan at

Judging and the Prize

A panel of three with demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the fields of creative writing and published writing will choose the winner. The winner will receive a personalized sculpture made by local artist Isaac Duncan.

This year’s winner will be announced as part of the SoLit hosted fundraiser, Club Lit, on November 17th, 2022. More information for Club Lit can be found on SoLit’s website.

About SoLit

Founded in 1952, SoLit has evolved into a literary arts hub for Chattanooga. Previously known as Southern Lit Alliance, the mission is to deliver literary arts experiences that engage young people and adults in a life-long love of reading, writing, and community conversation. Each year, SoLit reaches 6,000 children and adults with programs such as literature festivals, writing workshops, book therapy groups, writing contests for children and outreach to jails and youth in underserved communities. We see literature has the incomparable power to inspire, connect, and uplift, but additionally, the benefits of reading literature are far-reaching and include improved critical thinking skills, empathy for others, vocabulary, writing ability, imagination, and cultural literacy for all ages. SoLit shares stories that matter. For more information, go to

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