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AWP presents the best contemporary writing in its flagship magazine the Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on our website through Online-Only Exclusives, short blog pieces on the Writer’s Notebook, and articles giving job advice in our Career Advice section.

The Editors read submissions for the Writer’s Chronicle from February 1 through September 30 of each year. Submissions for the Writer’s Notebook and the Career Advice section are read throughout the year. Please review our guidelines below.

About the Writer’s Chronicle

Published six times during the academic year, the Writer’s Chronicle strives to

  • present the best essays on the craft and art of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction;
  • help overcome academic overspecialization and balkanization of the literary arts by presenting a public forum for the appreciation, debate, and analysis of contemporary literature;
  • present the diversity of accomplishments and points of view within contemporary literature;
  • provide serious and committed writers and students of writing the best advice on how to manage their professional lives;
  • provide writers who teach with new pedagogical approaches for their classrooms;
  • provide members and subscribers with a literary community as a respite from devotion to a difficult and lonely art;
  • provide members and subscribers with information on publishing opportunities, grants, and awards; and
  • promote the good works of AWP, its programs, and its individual members.

In general, the editors look for articles that demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of literary issues and a generosity of spirit that esteems the arguments of other writers on similar topics. In writing essays on craft, writers are often tempted to use their own work as an example. The editors do not welcome such articles. For our readers, we provide the model of a writer reading another writer carefully and productively. Please keep in mind that 18,000 of our 35,000 readers are students or just-emerging writers. They must become expert readers before they can become accomplished writers, and we therefore expect essays on craft to show exemplary close readings of a variety of contemporary and older works. Essays must embody erudition, generosity, curiosity, and discernment rather than self-involvement. Writers may refer to their own travails and successes if they do so modestly, in small proportion to the other examples. Again, we look for a generosity of spirit—a general love and command of literature as well as an expert, writerly viewpoint—in the essays we publish.

What We Pay

We buy first serial rights and electronic rights for all manuscripts accepted for publication. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. Regretfully, we do not pay kill fees. Authors are paid upon publication. We reserve the right to publish articles from the Writer’s Chronicle electronically on AWP’s website and the Chronicle App.

To propose an essay or interview for consideration for the Writer’s Chronicle, please email editor Supriya Bhatnagar at <supriya@awpwriter.org>.

What We Publish

Submissions to the Writer’s Chronicle may fall into one of the following categories:

Interviews: 4,000 to 7,000 words

The Writer’s Chronicle features interviews with well-known and up-and-coming authors of note in the genres of fiction, short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and other forms of creative writing. In the past, we have published interviews with such authors as Nikki Finney, Ernest Gaines, WS Merwin, Sonia Sanchez, George Saunders, Jane Smiley, Arthur Sze, and many others. We especially appreciate interviews that include discussions of writing craft, the evolution of the author’s own work, and literary influences and inspirations. Please query before submitting an interview. We publish interviews between 4,000 and 7,000 words. Interviews should include a two-paragraph introduction to the author, including all pertinent biographical information. This introduction should be mainly factual. We are not interested in an interview that is faithful to an actual spoken event. We are not interested in how friendly you are with the subject, or what the subject was wearing that day, or when and where the interview was conducted, etc. We prefer interviews that have been revised heavily in the interest of accuracy, concision, and style. We are interested in an interview that represents a writer as well as possible in a somewhat personable and discursive manner. We do not publish interviews unless the subject has had an opportunity to revise his or her comments, and we encourage the interviewers and their subjects to revise their transcripts of the interviews extensively. We only publish interviews that have been approved in proofs by their subjects.

Sorry, No Lectures, Talks, & Panel Discussions

Transcripts of lectures, talks, and panel discussions do not appear in our pages, but we do often publish essays that are adapted from such events. Many panel discussions, though engaging in person, are disappointing in the cool medium of print. As with interviews, we are not interested in transcripts of actual spoken events; we prefer articles that acknowledge sources and the other writers who have pondered the same topic (which one may sometimes overlook when one speaks informally); we prefer articles that are more elegantly organized and concisely written than the somewhat improvisatory ruminations of a panel discussion. We seldom publish all the presentations of any given panel discussion, so you should adapt your discussion to read well as a freestanding essay.

Essays on Pedagogy: 2,500 to 7,000 words

Often, AWP will publish essays concerning creative writing pedagogy in the Online-Only Exclusives section of the website. The most successful pedagogy pieces combine research, interviews, and teaching experience. Pedagogy pieces are not diatribes about the quality of a writer’s own education or an argument against a specific teacher’s methodology. The pedagogy essay is an opportunity to inform and educate your peers about different methodologies of teaching, and should always be directed towards the writing community-at-large. Pedagogy pieces are generally between 2,500 and 7,000 words.

Appreciations: 2,000 to 5,000 words

The Writer’s Chronicle publishes appreciations of contemporary writers whose work came into prominence after 1965. Appreciations are not profiles or memoirs; instead, we seek close readings of an important author’s work and an analysis of the author’s contributions to our culture and to the mastery of craft. You may include some personal anecdotes to portray the author more vividly, but mostly self-referential or sentimental appreciations, of course, are not acceptable. The appreciation should answer the questions: What can I as a writer learn from this writer? What has this writer contributed to our culture? Appreciations are generally between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Essays on the Craft of Writing: 2,000 to 6,000 words

All craft essays must analyze an element of creative writing. Articles should not overlap with topics covered in recent issues of the Chronicle. Craft essays should contain concrete examples to illustrate the writerly advice they offer. Many of our published essays combine appreciations (as described above) with a study of elements of craft. Using more than one author to illustrate your analysis is recommended. A query on a specific topic is always welcome. Craft essays run between 2,000 and 6,000 words, depending on the topic.

General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions via Submittable as well as through postal mail. Essays longer than 7,000 words are generally not accepted. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged and must be noted as such on your cover letter. If we do not respond to your submission within three months, you are free to send your work elsewhere. Electronic queries are acceptable, but email submissions will not be considered.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow MLA style, which is well-designed for professional readers but annoying to general readers, in whom we still have great faith. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.

Permissions

If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, as many trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.

How to Submit Online

Visit awp.submittable.com. Choose the appropriate category and enter your contact information. Please upload your submission as a single file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats. Include cover letter and bio information in the space provided on the submission form.

The Writer's Chronicle is looking for special submissions for AWP's 50th Anniversary in 2017. We'd love to read critical appreciations of writers who were extremely important over the last five decades. Articles can be submitted here according to the guidelines listed below.

We are also looking for historical material on AWP's early days, as well as photographs from past conferences and of past board members.

Digital photographs (and scans of prints) can be uploaded here, but please make sure they are print-quality, that is, at least 300 dpi.

If you would like to mail prints or other nondigital material, you may do so. We will scan the items and return them to you immediately. Please mail to The Writer's Chronicle, Attn: 50th Anniversary, George Mason University, MSN 1E3, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.

For articles, our standard guidelines apply:

Appreciations: 2,000 to 5,000 words

The Writer’s Chronicle publishes appreciations of contemporary writers whose work came into prominence after 1965. Appreciations are not profiles or memoirs; instead, we seek close readings of an important author’s work and an analysis of the author’s contributions to our culture and to the mastery of craft. You may include some personal anecdotes to portray the author more vividly, but mostly self-referential or sentimental appreciations, of course, are not acceptable. The appreciation should answer the questions: What can I as a writer learn from this writer? What has this writer contributed to our culture? Appreciations are generally between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

General Guidelines

Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged and must be noted as such on your cover letter. If we do not respond to your submission within three months, you are free to send your work elsewhere. Electronic queries are acceptable, but email submissions will not be considered.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow MLA style, which is well-designed for professional readers but annoying to general readers, in whom we still have great faith. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.

Permissions

If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, as many trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.

How to Submit Online

Choose the appropriate category and enter your contact information. Please upload your submission as a single file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats. Include cover letter and bio information in the space provided on the submission form.


About the Writer’s Chronicle

Published six times during the academic year, The Writer’s Chronicle strives to

  • present the best essays on the craft and art of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction;
  • help overcome academic overspecialization and balkanization of the literary arts by presenting a public forum for the appreciation, debate, and analysis of contemporary literature;
  • present the diversity of accomplishments and points of view within contemporary literature;
  • provide serious and committed writers and students of writing the best advice on how to manage their professional lives;
  • provide writers who teach with new pedagogical approaches for their classrooms;
  • provide members and subscribers with a literary community as a respite from devotion to a difficult and lonely art;
  • provide members and subscribers with information on publishing opportunities, grants, and awards; and
  • promote the good works of AWP, its programs, and its individual members.

In general, the editors look for articles that demonstrate an excellent working knowledge of literary issues and a generosity of spirit that esteems the arguments of other writers on similar topics. In writing essays on craft, writers are often tempted to use their own work as an example. The editors do not welcome such articles. For our readers, we provide the model of a writer reading another writer carefully and productively. Please keep in mind that 18,000 of our 35,000 readers are students or just-emerging writers. They must become expert readers before they can become accomplished writers, and we therefore expect essays on craft to show exemplary close readings of a variety of contemporary and older works. Essays must embody erudition, generosity, curiosity, and discernment rather than self-involvement. Writers may refer to their own travails and successes if they do so modestly, in small proportion to the other examples. Again, we look for a generosity of spirit—a general love and command of literature as well as an expert, writerly viewpoint—in the essays we publish.

What We Pay

We buy first serial rights and electronic rights for all manuscripts accepted for publication. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. Regretfully, we do not pay kill fees. Authors are paid upon publication. We reserve the right to publish articles from The Writer’s Chronicle electronically on AWP’s website and the Chronicle App.







AWP presents the best contemporary writing in its flagship magazine the Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on our website through Online-Only Exclusives, short blog pieces on the Writer’s Notebook, and articles giving job advice in our Career Advice section.

The Editors read submissions the Writer’s Notebook throughout the year. Please review our guidelines below.

The Writer’s Notebook: blog posts of 500 to 1,500 words

Our blog hosts brief essays on craft, critique, career advice, publishing, teaching, choosing an agent, or choosing the best creative writing program or conference, as well as commentary on current literary affairs. Writer’s Notebook articles range from 500–1,500 words and pay $100 per post. Individual posts may be submitted for consideration via our Submittable page.

We occasionally commission an author to write a sequence of three to six blog posts. To propose a series of posts, please submit the complete first post via our Submittable portal, and include in your cover letter your proposal for extending the series, including how many posts, what topics they will cover, and an outline of the series.

General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions via Submittable as well as through postal mail. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged and must be noted as such on your cover letter. If we do not respond to your submission within three months, you are free to send your work elsewhere. Electronic queries are acceptable, but email submissions will not be considered.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow MLA style, which is well-designed for professional readers but annoying to general readers, in whom we still have great faith. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.

Permissions

If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, as many trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.



AWP's mentorship program, Writer to Writer, matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership. Writer to Writer is free of charge to mentees.

Our program is open to all AWP members. We receive hundreds of wonderful applications each session, and we are usually able to match 15-25 pairs. We choose mentors after considering the specific needs present in the mentee applications that session. When reviewing mentor applications, we are also looking for responses that demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of a good mentor-mentee relationship, and that the applicant shows a willingness to be supportive, responsive, and receptive to learning from the experience. Most mentors say that they want to serve in this program because they had a mentor who helped them, and now they long to give back. Others say that they long to be the mentor they wish they'd had. 

Should you be chosen to participate, you will be given several applications to review and select the person you would like to work with. Mentors tend to choose mentees based on shared goals and interests, and whether they feel they can help that person at the stage they are in now. Our mentees come from all backgrounds and levels of experience, and we particularly encourage applications from those who have never been affiliated with an MFA program, and those writing from backgrounds, regions, and perspectives often underrepresented in the literary world. You will have numerous opportunities to interact with the other mentors taking part in that session, and AWP's membership team will be there with you, every step of the way.

Our Fall 2016 session begins mid-September and will consist of six lightly structured modules over a three-month period, concluding mid-December. You and your partner will make a commitment to the process—and to each other. Together, you will decide whether phone, email, or a mix of communication styles would be the best way to complete the modules. Mentors agree to be available for a minimum of two hours per month by phone; you will be asked to respond to emails from your partner within two days. You need not strictly follow the program modules, but we ask that you and your mentor mutually agree before departing from them.

There is no charge to apply. Mentor applications can be submitted year-round.

The more detailed you are in your responses to the questionnaire that follows, the easier it will be for us to find great potential matches for you.

Thank you for wishing to serve as a Writer to Writer mentor!

AWP presents the best contemporary writing in its flagship magazine the Writer’s Chronicle, as well as on our website through Online-Only Exclusives, short blog pieces on the Writer’s Notebook, and articles giving job advice in our Career Advice section.

The Editors read submissions for the Career Advice section throughout the year. Please review our guidelines below.

Essays on Careers for Writers: 1,000 to 3,000 words

Essays on academic careers & nonacademic careers for writers appear in the Career Advice section of our website. Career Advice publishes articles about academia and job opportunities for MFA graduates. We are always seeking well-researched articles regarding opportunities for our members to succeed in the corporate or nonprofit sectors. Payment rates are the same as those of the Writer’s Chronicle ($18/100 words). These articles should not run longer than 3,000 words, and they should include the elements of good investigative reporting. They should not rely on personal anecdotes alone.

To propose a topic for consideration, please email joblist@awpwriter.org.

General Guidelines

We currently accept submissions via Submittable as well as through postal mail. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged and must be noted as such on your cover letter. If we do not respond to your submission within three months, you are free to send your work elsewhere. Electronic queries are acceptable, but email submissions will not be considered.

Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Acknowledge your sources by using endnotes. Do not follow MLA style, which is well-designed for professional readers but annoying to general readers, in whom we still have great faith. Previously published works are unacceptable. We will, however, publish an accepted work before or the same month it also appears in a book.

Permissions

If you quote a poem, song, or short-short story in its entirety, it is your responsibility to secure and pay for that permission. We recommend that you limit quotes to fair use and avoid quoting whole works, as many trade publishers charge high fees for permissions.


George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature

Criteria

The award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional generosity to writers by excellent work in one or more of the following activities:

• Teaching creative writing and literature;

• Serving as a mentor, supporter, or guide to writers;

• Publishing or editing literature, especially works by emerging or neglected talents;

• Building new resources that benefit writers (reading series, presses, awards, endowments, fellowships, stipends, programs, community centers, foundations, etc.);

• Administering to programs or institutions that benefit writers or that expand audiences for contemporary authors; and

• Working generally to make North America a more supportive place for contemporary literature and its makers.

To receive the award, the recipient must be willing to travel to the AWP annual conference.

Eligibility Requirements

Any living individual who meets the above criteria may be nominated for the award except for the following: members of the current AWP board or staff; family members of the AWP board or staff; and former AWP trustees or staff who served AWP within the last four years. A former trustee or employee of AWP may be nominated for the award only after at least four years have lapsed between the deadline for nominations and his or her last official day of service to AWP. Previous recipients of the award may not be nominated or considered. Self-nominations will not be considered.

Letters of Nomination

Anyone, nonmember or member of AWP, may submit a letter of nomination. Nomination letters should feature the following:

• An explanation of how your nominee fulfills the criteria.

• Specificity. Please note where the nominee did good works, length of service, names of writers helped, or detailed descriptions of what your nominee did or built in support of writers.

• Brevity. Your letter of nomination should be no longer than two pages, single-spaced, in a 12-point font.

• Attribution. The date, your name, return address, email address, and signature must appear on your letter.

• The Award Committee reviews over 100 letters each year. Please prepare your letter with care.

Letters of nomination are accepted each year between August 1 and September 15 and should be uploaded here. Please address correspondence to:

David Fenza

Executive Director

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MSN 1E3

Fairfax, VA 22030


Duration of Active Nominations

Letters of nomination will remain in active consideration for three years, for three cycles of the process of adjudication. If you submit your letter in 2014, for instance, your letter of nomination will remain active until the end of the 2016 cycle of deliberations.

Process

Each year the AWP Board of Trustees and Staff choose three individuals from AWP’s general membership to serve as judges of the nominees. This Award Committee of three judges ranks and selects the recipient of the award. AWP selects new judges each year. As is the case with other literary awards, the deliberations of the judges are confidential.


For information about the award's namesake author and for a list of past winners, please visit AWP's website.

Small Press Publisher Award

Criteria

AWP’s Small Press Publisher Award is given each year to a press or journal that has consistently demonstrated excellence in the following areas: quality and discernment in curatorship of published work; quality of content; quality of editing; and skill and innovation in design. Nominees will be committed to nurturing the talents of their published authors, supporting their literary communities, and actively engaging in consistent and effective public engagement and outreach.

Eligibility Requirements

The award is given to a press or journal that:

• Has made significant contributions to contemporary literature;

• Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization;

• Has participated in at least three previous AWP bookfairs, which may include the bookfair held in the year in which the organization is nominated;

• Has been in operation for five years or more at the time of its nomination; and

• Does not employ current AWP board or staff members, family members of the AWP board or staff, or former AWP board or staff members who have served within the last four years.

Letters of Nomination

Letters of nomination should include an explanation of how the press or journal fulfills the criteria above, as well as a detailed explanation of how the nominated organization has contributed to the literary landscape and shown a commitment to nurturing authors.

Letters should be two single-spaced pages and include the name, address, and signature of the nominator, as well as contact information for a representative of the organization being nominated. An employee may not nominate his or her own organization for the award.

Professionals representing different strands of AWP's membership will select the finalists and determine the award winner. Finalists will be announced in November. The recipient will be announced and presented at the Opening Night reception of AWP’s annual conference. The winner will receive a $2,000 honorarium and a complimentary booth at the bookfair following the year the award is presented. Booths are not transferable; winners who choose not to exhibit at the following year’s bookfair may elect to defer usage of the complimentary exhibit space for up to two years. Previous recipients of the award may not be nominated and will not be considered. Nominations will be considered for three years, including the year the nomination is submitted. Letters of nomination are accepted each year between August 1 and September 15 and should be uploaded in PDF format to AWP's Submittable site. Postal submissions will not be considered.