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.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.

 

Upcoming submission dates:

AWP Award Series: January 1–February 28, 2024

AWP Prize for Undergrad Lit Mags: February 1–28, 2024

Writer to Writer mentee applications: February 15–March 15, 2024

AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program matches emerging writers with established authors who volunteer their time for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Potential Writer to Writer mentees must be AWP members, but it is free to apply to and participate in the program. You can check your membership status by logging in at awpwriter.org and selecting My AWP Account at the top of the page. Please note: If you are not an AWP member, your application will be disqualified.

If you have a question about the membership requirement or any other part of the application process, you may reach out to mentorship@awpwriter.org

Please fill out the submission form and attach your five-to-ten-page writing sample.

Applications for Season 20 of Writer to Writer are open February 15­–March 15, 2024.


 

Eligibility Requirements

The Writer to Writer Mentorship Program is open to all AWP members, but we particularly encourage applications from writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those who are writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are too often underrepresented in the literary world. 

Our mentees come from all different backgrounds and levels of experience. If you feel that you can benefit from a mentor’s guidance at the current stage in your writing, then you are welcome to apply! 

 

Application Process

The Writer to Writer mentee application consists of a questionnaire about your writing goals and a writing sample. After the AWP membership team reviews all applications, we send a selection of potential matches to our mentors, who ultimately choose their own mentee. Mentors tend to choose their mentee based on shared goals and interests, and on whether they feel they can help that person at the stage they are in now. To ensure that we make the best possible matches this season, we ask that you be open and honest about your goals, your background, and where you are now with your writing.

Should you be chosen to participate, your mentor will review your writing, listen to your concerns, and help you work toward your writing goals. You will have opportunities to interact with the others taking part in that session. AWP’s membership team will also be there to support you every step of the way.
 

Writing Sample

Please attach a writing sample as either a .doc or .pdf file. Fiction and nonfiction samples should be five to ten pages, double-spaced. Poetry samples should include five to ten poems. Please do not attach a complete manuscript. 

While you may submit published work that you are proud of, this is a good opportunity to show your potential mentor your work in progress that you wish to seek their help with. While we appreciate that many applicants work in multiple genres, we ask that you submit work in the genre you select on the application form (i.e., if you are seeking a creative nonfiction mentor, please submit a creative nonfiction writing sample).
 

Season 20

Season 20 begins on May 6, 2024 and will consist of six lightly structured modules over a twelve-week period, concluding on July 26, 2024. You and your mentor will make a commitment to the process—and to each other.

Make a connection that can last a lifetime. Applications are welcome February 15–March 15, 2024.

AWP's mentorship program, Writer to Writer, matches emerging writers with 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.

If you have mentored with us in the past, please reach out to us directly at mentorship@awpwriter.org.

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, we will send you a small selection of applicants, from which you will choose your own mentee. We ask that you dedicate at least one hour per week to communicating with your mentee throughout the twelve-week duration of the program.

As a note: Although we accept submissions year-round, please keep in mind that you may not receive a response immediately. We tend to review applications more actively as we approach the start of a new season and will keep promising applications on file for future sessions if we already have sufficient mentors for the season. Poetry applicants especially tend to experience a delay, as we typically receive a high volume of poetry mentor applications.

We get many wonderful applicants each season. If we think you would be a good fit for the program but we do not have a space for you immediately, then we may reach out to you for a future session.

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

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