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    Each year, AWP offers three annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, festival, retreat, or residency. The scholarships are applied to the event or workshop fees of the winners’ chosen program. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. Visit our website more information and a list of past winners. 

    Eligibility Requirements

    Previous recipients of Kurt Brown Prizes (formerly known as WC&C scholarships), and former or current students of the judge are not eligible to submit.

    NOTE: As of December 4, 2018, our judges are Leslie Harrison for poetry and Elizabeth Silver for creative nonfiction. We are currently working to confirm our fiction judge and will contact all applicants once that persons is in place. 

     Guidelines

    • Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript, otherwise it will be disqualified. 
    • For fiction, one short story (or novel excerpt) up to 25 pages will be considered. Fiction must be double-spaced and presented in manuscript form with 12-pt font.
    • For poetry, up to 10 pages will be considered. Each new poem must start on a new page.
    • For creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages will be considered.
    • You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one genre, provided that each submission is accompanied by its own entry fee.
    • Please send us your best unpublished work.
    • A $10 reading fee must accompany each submission.


    Submissions

    Submissions are accepted between December 1 and March 30 of each year. Submissions are only accepted online via Submittable. Mailed-in submissions will not be accepted nor returned.

    Winners

    All winners will be notified by email by May 15 and announced on AWP’s website and in the AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair program. Three winners will each receive a $500 scholarship to attend a WC&C member program. Winners have one year to use their prize, and funds are paid directly to the selected program. Member conferences reserve the right to determine participants in their programs; winning does not guarantee admittance to any program.
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 your own mentee. 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 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 Spring 2018 session begins mid-February 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, Skype, 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.