This year Tennessee Tech is a new member of the Southern Literary Festival, a consortium of Southern colleges and universities that gathers each spring to celebrate undergraduate writing. Three Tech students won monetary prizes at the 2022 conference: Michael Lewis and Angel Filyaw in fiction, and Michaela Crawford in poetry. Funded by a URECA grant from Tennessee Tech, these writers and their creative writing professors traveled to Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS, so that the students could present their work. The Southern Literary Festival was first held in 1937, and past winners of undergraduate prizes include Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty. Congratulations to our English majors for representing writing excellence at Tech!