AWP Conference

COVID-19 Updates

Impact on #AWP21 Kansas City, MO, Planning

Many members and attendees have been wondering what the next conference will look like. We are considering two options: a hybrid meeting, comprising in-person and virtual programming, or the possibility the conference may be completely virtual. We continue to research technology options and network with other organizations that host large-scale events, and we are reviewing existing contracts to make this important decision.

While this decision is pending, we are unable to open the event proposal system for #AWP21. Watch for updates in our weekly enewsletter for more information.

New Digital Registration: In light of the current need to replace in-person events with virtual events, AWP is expanding the Conference & Bookfair with greater digital access to panels, readings, and the bookfair. AWP has been working toward this goal for the past two years with the addition of livestreaming events to make the conference more accessible. Additional information about digital registration will be announced in the coming months.

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year thousands of attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features thousands of presenters as well as hundreds of readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosts hundreds of presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2021 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.

2021 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Convention Center
March 3–6, 2021

Key Dates

TBA soon

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Future Conferences

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • March 23–26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center

Archives of past conferences can be found in the Conference Archives section of the website.


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