The Alabama Writers' Forum recognizes young writers, their teachers, and schools each year for their work in creative writing at the High School Literary Arts Awards (HSLAA). The year-long program focuses on nurturing talent in high schools across Alabama. Competition categories are: Fiction, Poetry, Senior Portfolio and Literary Magazine. The judging panel is comprised of writing experts.
The 2018 panel includes James E. Cherry, W. B. Gerard, Susie Paul, and Jesseca Cornelson.
Winning entries are celebrated and recognized at the HSLAA Ceremony at the historic Alabama State Capital where students are presented scholarships (for high school seniors) and other prizes. In addition, the gathering provides a special opportunity for students, parents and, teachers to spend time with patrons of the arts and elected officials. The competition is funded in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Seven individuals provide $500 for the senior portfolio scholarships.
AND THE 2018 HSLAA WINNERS ARE:
Adele Goodwyn McNeel School, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Bob Jones High School,
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Briarwood Christian School, Helena High School,
LAMP High School, Lurleen B. Wallace School, Minor High School, Mountain Brook High School, Pelham High School, Randolph School and Sparkman High School.
2018 HSLAA PROGRAM TIMELINE:
Submission Period: December 11, 2017 – January 22, 2018
Winning Teachers Notified by E-mail: February 27, 2018
Winners’ List Posted: March 5, 2018
HSLAA Ceremony at Alabama State Capital: March 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m.