Support AWP

AWP's services and programs reach nearly 50,000 writers, students, teachers, editors, publishers, and arts administrators, and the organization is among the most wide-reaching sources of advocacy and support for the literary community. Your gift to AWP will help us continue to build support for writers and their work and develop new audiences for literature. Learn more about our giving programs and benefits below.

AWP is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to AWP are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. To learn more about AWP's fundraising goals, please review our case statement. A PDF of our most recent annual report is available to the right.

AWP invites support from individuals, institutions, and corporate partners:

Individual Giving

In directing your donation, you have a choice of four funds: AWP's Annual Fund, the Endowment for the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the Endowment for the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, or the Endowment for AWP Services. You will be asked to select a fund when you donate. Donations may be made by Visa, Mastercard, or American Express at our online store, or by check with our donation form.

Giving vs. Joining

As a membership organization, AWP provides many services and benefits to those who join. But membership dues only underwrite part of our services, and are not used to shape new initiatives, support program development, or grow our endowments. If you are already a member, please consider a gift in support of AWP's new projects and improvements in current services. If you are not a member, please consider donating at a level that includes the extensive benefits of our membership.


Ambassadors ($5,000 and above)

Your investment will support:

  • Honoraria for featured authors at our annual conference, whose work will reach over 10,000 students, teachers, and writers.

You will receive:

  • Two tickets to all VIP events at our annual conference, including dinner with one of our featured presenters.
  • Two registrations for AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair.
  • Recognition at the annual conference, in the conference program, in our annual report, on our website, and in the Writer's Chronicle.
  • Value of benefits: $580

Patrons ($1,000 to $4,999)

Your investment will support:

  • Honoraria for the winning authors of our annual Award Series competitions in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and the novel.

You will receive:

  • Two tickets to one VIP event at our annual conference.
  • One registration for AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair.
  • Recognition at the annual conference, in the conference program, in our annual report, on our website, and in the Writer's Chronicle.
  • Value of benefits: $240

Benefactors ($500 to $999)

Your investment will support:

  • Honoraria for the winners of our annual Writers' Conferences & Centers scholarships, which support two emerging writers in honing their craft through mentorship from noted writers and editors.

You will receive:

  • One registration for our Annual Conference & Bookfair.
  • Recognition in the conference program, in our annual report, on our website, and in the Writer's Chronicle.
  • Value of benefits: $140

Donors ($250 to $499)

Your investment will support:

  • The Small Press Publisher Award for literary magazines and presses, which recognizes outstanding contributions to independent publishing.

You will receive:

  • A one-year individual membership, which includes a subscription to the Writer's Chronicle and discounted annual conference registration.
  • Recognition in the conference program, in our annual report, on our website, and in the Writer's Chronicle.
  • Value of benefits: $65

Sustainers ($100 to $249)

Your investment will support:

  • The National Program Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines, which recognizes excellence among student editors and writers.

You will receive:

  • A one-year subscription to the Writer's Chronicle.
  • Recognition in the conference program, in our annual report, on our website, and in the Writer's Chronicle.
  • Value of benefits: $20

Contributors ($50 to $99)

Your investment will support:

  • Honoraria for contributors to the Writer's Chronicle, whose essays and interviews on the craft and art of writing will reach 35,000 students, teachers, and writers.

You will receive:

  • Recognition in our annual report and on our website.

Friends ($25 to $49)

Your investment will support:

  • Reduced registration for students attending our annual conference. Each year, over 3,000 students are able to attend our three-day conference for only $40.

You will receive:

  • Recognition in our annual report.
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Institutional Giving

AWP's member institutions, conferences, centers, and publishers can promote their programs by sponsoring AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please download our sponsorship kit or contact us.

Corporate Sponsorship

AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair attracts over 11,000 writers, editors, and publishers to a different city in North America each year. At our highest levels of conference sponsorship, we offer over 1.2 million marketing impressions and the attention of literary taste makers from around the world. To learn more about sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please download our sponsorship kit or contact us.

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