George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in
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
• 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.
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:
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.
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.