The Young Southern Student Writers program is recognizing 19 students in grades 3-5 for their poetry and prose pieces.
The YSSW contest, a partnership between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Southern Lit Alliance, accepts entries from across Hamilton County. The maximum length for poetry is 50 lines and 1,000 words for prose. A book of all the winning entries is compiled each year.
Faculty members from the UTC English Department read the 2,000 entries and selected 250 winners across each category and grade. They judge the entries for creativity, content and style. Each third, fourth and fifth grader at Bright School submits both a prose and poetry piece.
Usually, an awards ceremony is held at the Tivoli Theatre to recognize the winners. This year, Lynda LeVan, director of the Southern Lit Alliance, came to Bright and announced the winners. Each grade convened in the Centennial Theater and saw their classmates receive this exciting recognition. The awards were a surprise for the winners, and parents of the winners were notified in advance so they could attend.
The winners are:
Mrs. Hardy’s Class
Ms. McGuire’s Class
Mrs. Womack’s Class
Anna Grace Hitchcock-prose
Writing Teacher Mrs. Dickson
Writing Teacher Mrs. O’Brien
Lela Kate Sorrow-prose