Nominations are due Monday for East Tennessee Writer’s Hall of Fame

Friends of Literacy is currently seeking nominations for induction into the East Tennessee Writer’s Hall of Fame. FOL annually honors authors’ contributions to culture and history with the awards.

In its eighth year, the Hall of Fame is designed to honor writers who entertain, inspire, and inform through the written word.

Nominations are being sought for five categories: lifetime achievement, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and, new this year, social media.

An independent panel of judges will evaluate the nominees based on recognition within the writer’s field, longevity, quality and volume of work. All nominees must have either been born in, currently reside in, or have a body of work related to the East Tennessee region.

To nominate an author, request an application by calling Friends of Literacy at 865-594-1507 or visit the website for a nomination form at Nominations are due Aug. 8.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October at the Crowne Plaza.

Past Hall of Fame inductees include Cormac McCarthy, Mary Bozeman Hodges, Nikki Giovanni, Marilyn Kallet, Jon Jefferson, Ina Hughes, Carson Brewer, James Agee, Sam Venable, Wilma Dykeman, Cynthia Moxley and Jack Neely. A complete listing of past inductees is available on the website.

For more information, contact Melissa Nance, executive director, at

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