The Fellowship shall exist to nurture literature in the American South through recognizing distinguished achievement. It shall award prizes and fellowships for significant work by Southern authors and it shall pursue other activities that in the judgement of the fellows will serve to stimulate Southern literary endeavor of a significant order.
The Fellowship of Southern Writers was founded in 1987 by twenty-six distinguished Southern writers, including novelists, poets, historians, playwrights, critics and editors. The Fellowship meets biennially during the AEC Conference on Southern Literature.
The Fellowship seeks to recognize and encourage literature in the South by commemorating outstanding literary achievement with awards and prizes, by encouraging young writers and by recognizing distinction in writing by election to membership in the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
For more information about the Fellowship of Southern Writers, email the AEC.