Founded in 1987 by a group of writers who met in Chattanooga, the Fellowship of Southern Writers is a nonprofit organization which encourages the creation and development of literature in the South.
The FSW achieves its mission by commemorating outstanding literary achievement, encouraging young writers through awards, prizes, and fellowships, and by recognizing distinction in writing by election to membership.
The administration of the FSW is housed within the Southern Lit Alliance ("So Lit") offices in the Innovation District of downtown Chattanooga. The Fellowship holds its biennial convocation in partnership with So Lit's SouthWord literary festival, scheduled for Nov. 3-4, 2017. The FSW is a friend of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well. The fourth floor of the UTC Library is dedicated to the Fellowship and houses its archives.
MEMBERSHIP & AWARDS
The Fellowship believes that the American South is an identifiable and distinctive cultural community, and that the vitality of its literature justifies recognition.
Nominations for inductees and award winners are selected by current members from writers of fiction, poetry, drama, criticism, and history. To be considered for membership or an award, a writer must have been born in the South, significantly resided in the South, or have written works that in character and spirit embody aspects of the Southern experience.
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