Welcome to AWP's gateway for submission to its various awards and publications. When submission periods are active, the categories will be available. Please select the category you wish to submit to for complete guidelines. Thank you.

To invite strong HBCU participation within AWP, we will award faculty and student fellowships to attend and participate in every annual AWP Conference & Bookfair. These fellowships will kick off with the 2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Seattle, Washington!

The #AWP23 HBCU Fellowships will be offered to two faculty members. The fellowships include:

  • A $4,000 honorarium
  • Paid travel expenses and lodging for the duration of the conference
  • Meeting and discussion with special guest author A.J. Verdelle
  • Publication in The Writer’s Chronicle regarding their #AWP23 experience

In order to be eligible for these fellowships, applicants must be:

  • Active HBCU faculty (part or full-time)
  • Available to travel to Seattle for March 7-12, 2023
  • Willing to serve as a mentor to two student fellowship recipients each for the duration of the conference

We are currently only accepting applications for faculty fellows. Applications for student fellows will open in November 2022.

Small Press Publisher Award

Criteria for the AWP Small Press Publisher Award

The AWP Small Press Publisher Award is for presses or journals that have consistently demonstrated excellence in the following: 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 AWP Small Press Publisher award will be given to a press or journal that has made significant contributions to contemporary literature.

· The nominee will be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

· The nominee will have participated in at least three previous AWP bookfairs, which may include the bookfair held in the year in which they are nominated.

· The nominee will have been in operation for five years or more at the time of its nomination.

· The winner must travel to the AWP conference to receive the award.

Guidelines for Letters of Nomination

Letters of nomination should include an explanation of how the nonprofit press or literary journal fulfills the criteria above, a detailed explanation of how the nominated organization has contributed to the literary landscape, demonstrated consistent excellence in the criteria above, and demonstrated commitment to nurturing authors.

Letters should be no longer than two single-spaced pages. Letters should include the name, return address, and signature of the nominating person as well as contact information for a representative of the organization nominated who can accept the award on behalf of the organization. All nominations should be in PDF format and submitted through AWP's Submittable portal. Postal submissions will not be considered. An employee of an organization may not nominate his or her own organization for the award.

George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature  

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 September 1 and Octobe1 30, and should be uploaded here. Please email letters of nomination to:

Cynthia Sherman

Executive Director



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 2020, for instance, your letter of nomination will remain active until the end of the 2022 cycle of deliberations.



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.

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.

We require that each mentor have at least one published book. No formal teaching experience is required, but we do look for responses that demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of a good mentor-mentee relationship, and a willingness to be supportive, responsive, and receptive to learning from the experience. The more detailed you are in your responses to the questionnaire, the easier it will be for us to find great potential matches for you.

If chosen as a mentor, we will send you a small selection of mentee applications that we think might be a good fit. You will select your mentee from that selection, and you will make a three-month commitment to your mentee. We ask that you dedicate at least one hour per week to communicating with your mentee, via any method you prefer.

Season 17 will run from September 19 to December 9, 2022. Mentor applications are open year-round, so we may reach out to you for a later session if we are unable to find a match for you in the next round of mentee applications.

Thank you for your interest in mentoring through Writer to Writer!

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

Published four 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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. 


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.

In the Classroom’s teaching guides are devoted to a single essay or interview from a past issue of the Chronicle, and are intended to be a resource for teachers of any and all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels, at colleges and community centers, looking to make their classroom a more enriching, rewarding, and inclusive environment for all. Guides should be 500 – 700 words in length and should follow the template. The template can be downloaded from the submission guidelines page on the AWP website. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please send us an email at chronicle@awpwriter.org.