English Awards, Scholarships, & Contests

The English Department sponsors several annual writing awards, scholarships, and the (K-12) Young Southern Student Writers Contest. Click below for more information.

UTC English Writing Awards

The English Department is pleased to invite submissions to the following annual writing awards and scholarships:

(1) The Creative Nonfiction Award
(2) The Ken Smith Fiction Award 

Apply here!


(3) The Sally B. Young Critical Writing Award

We’re Looking for a Few Good Pages!

Submit the best critical essay written for an undergraduate English course at UTC during the 2016 calendar year (Spring, Summer, or Fall ’17 terms) and win $500. Winners will be selected via blind review by a five-member faculty committee.

Win $500 and Immortal Fame

Entry Criteria

  • Essay must be 5-15 pages.
  • Must be a critical essay – literary criticism, critical theory, or rhetorical analysis (personal essays, creative non-fiction, etc. will not be considered).
  • Essay does NOT have to be a researched critical essay.
  • Authors do NOT have to be English majors.
  • The paper must have been written for a course taught in the English Department during the 2017 calendar year at the ENGL 2000 level or above.

Email Submission Instructions

  1. Include on one file a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, the name and number of the course for which the paper was written, and the name of the course instructor.
  2. Include a SEPARATE file the paper itself, being sure that your name appears nowhere on it.
  3. Send both files to chris-stuart@utc.edu.



Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

The Department also awards three outstanding seniors each year from our Literary Study, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric and Professional Writing tracks.


Department of English Scholarships Application

The Department of English Scholarships Committee invites you to apply for one of the several scholarships specifically designated for English majors.

  • The Arlie E. Herron Scholarship,
  • The Sally B. Young Scholarship,
  • The Marian J. Tyte Scholarship, the Chuck Pierce Scholarship,
  • The Robert W. and Beatrice R. Anderson Scholarship,
  • The William Thomas and Louise Morris Garrison Scholarship,
  • The Thelma Styles Igou Poetry Scholarship,
  • The Dr. Margaret N. Kelley Scholarship, and
  • The Phanorack James Daniel Chapman Memorial Endowed English Scholarship.

Get more information

Apply here!

Applications must be received by March 9



2018 Contest Concludes Monday, April 9, with the Award Ceremony at the Tivoli. See our winners there!

Welcome to the online submissions process for Young Southern Student Writers! Student entries are submitted this year as they have been in previous years (i.e., by the teacher and according to grade level and category). Note that submissions are accepted EXCLUSIVELY online. They will arrive in our database as e-mail attachments. Permissible file formats:  .doc, .docx, or .rtf.  We do NOT accept PDFs or Pages documents. And please do not send e-mails with the poetry or prose submissions in the body of the e-mail message.  

Eligibility:  Students from any school (K-12) in the greater Chattanooga area, as well as home school students, are eligible to enter the YSSW contest.  Each entry must be the original work of the student, and it must not have been previously submitted to another contest or competition. Submission of the entry is an indication of acceptance of and adherence to these rules.

Contest Rules and Guidelines