- 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.
- Submission: Entries must be submitted via the online submission process. (Link available at the bottom of this screen.) Entries must be submitted by the students' teacher(s).
- Format: Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format documents. Acceptable file extensions are .doc, .docx and .rtf. No PDFs or Pages documents will be accepted. Entries MUST be written in English,
single spaced, and printed in a standard font (e.g., Times, Times New Roman). No cursive or decorative fonts, please! No illustrations
- Categories: Entries may be submitted in either or each of the two categories—prose (fiction or nonfiction) and/or poetry—at the elementary level (K-5th grade), middle school level (grades 6-8), and high school level. Students may enter only one submission per category. Maximum length for prose submissions is 1,000 words; maximum length for poetry submissions is 50 lines.
- Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017 - entries submitted after this deadline will NOT be considered.
- Judges: UTC faculty graciously read and enjoy every submission. UTC English faculty and graduate students read and evaluate all entries on the basis of creativity, content, and style to select the outstanding writer(s) in each category from each school. Judges are instructed to select one winner per every 15 students in each category in each grade. Specifically, grade levels, arranged by school, with 16 or more entries in a category will have two winners; those with 31 or more entries in the same grade level will have three winners.
- Winners: A winner in each category will be named from each participating school that has at least five entries in that category.
Consider this Short Guide to Imaginative Thinking to be an essential tool for sound educational practice, particularly in the area of creative writing. Please take some time to review this downloadable file and consider how you may inspire your student writers.
Submitting Your Students' Work
STUDENTS: No title page required; however, you must follow the format below.
Title (Do not put in quotations marks, italics, or all capital letter.)
[ Body of the poem or prose entry. Remember the maximum length for prose entries is 1,000 words; maximum length for poetry entries is 50 lines. Required author information must follow the body. ]
Student's Name: Jane Doe
Student's Grade: Grade 7
Student's School: Martha Washington Academy
Student’s Teacher: John Smith
TEACHERS: Have your students e-mail their submissions to you. Combine all of your students' submissions into one file/document, e.g., one MS Word document, based on grade level and category. For example, combine all 7th grade poetry submissions in one file/document. On the first page of this file, include the following information.
Teacher's Name: Mr. Ed Ucator
Teacher's School: Martha Washington Academy
Grade Level: Grade 7
# of Submissions: 18
Otherwise, if you are ready to submit your students' work, click on the button below. If you teach multiple grade levels and/or are submitting for both categories, you will submit separate files/documents based on grade level and category.
YSSW contest winners will be recognized and awarded medals at the YSSW Awards Ceremony on April 11, 2017, at the Tivoli Theatre in lovely downtown Chattanooga. Likewise, winning entries will be featured in an online publication. Teachers of these YSSW contest winners will be notified with more information as we approach the awards ceremony. Questions: Call the Southern Lit Alliance office at (423) 267-1218 or email Dr. Wilferth at Joe-Wilferth@utc.edu.