An annual showcase of over 700 exhibitors, AWP’s bookfair is the nation’s largest marketplace for independent literary presses and journals, creative writing programs, writing conferences and centers, and literary arts organizations. Secure an exhibit space for your press or organization to reach over 12,000 writers, readers, teachers, and literary tastemakers.
The bookfair runs concurrently with AWP’s annual conference and is open to all registered conference attendees.
Please note: Everyone is eligible to purchase exhibit space on July 15 when bookfair sales open. However, the selection process for choosing your exhibit space will be governed by the rolling launch schedule as outlined below and is based on your exhibit history in the bookfair.
Overview of the Rolling Launch
The rolling launch is a tiered system based on cumulative years of participation rather than consecutive years in consideration of exhibitors who are unable to attend the bookfair every year.
The rolling launch begins with organizations that have exhibited in the bookfair for ten or more cumulative years. In the first three days of the two-week window, a selection code will be emailed to this group first, followed by exhibitors who have participated in the bookfair for five or more cumulative years.
After the initial two-week period, the selection code will be sent to all prior exhibitors for the next two-week window. After those first two tiers select, exhibit sales will be open to everyone and the selection code is no longer necessary.
This process was revised to better reward our many loyal longtime exhibitors for their commitment to AWP and the bookfair.
Rolling Launch Selection DatesJuly 15-17: 10+ cumulative years
July 18-28: 5+ cumulative years
July 29-August 11: less than 5 years
Booth ($950): Each 10’ x 10’ space (100 sq. ft. with an 8’ high back drape) includes two 6’ x 2’ draped tables, two chairs, one wastebasket, one ID sign, a listing in the conference planner if purchased by the November 22, 2019, deadline, an expanded listing with a logo and a 250-character description on AWP’s website, and two complimentary bookfair setup access registrations that include full conference registration if assigned by the February 26, 2020, deadline.
Table ($650): Each 4’ x 7’ space (28 sq. ft. with a 3’ high back drape) includes one 6’ x 2’ draped table, two chairs, one wastebasket, one ID sign, a listing in the conference planner if purchased by the November 22, 2019, deadline, a listing on AWP’s website, and two complimentary bookfair setup access registrations that include full conference registration if assigned by the February 26, 2020, deadline.
Premium Table & Premium Booth Upgrade ($50): a $50 upgrade fee will be charged for each booth or table located on a corner. Corner booths and tables provide the exhibitor unique access with additional traffic, situated on two walkways.
Manage Your Exhibit Space
All exhibit space is self-managed on the Exhibit Space Management section of your AWP user account. To access the Exhibit Space Management Page, log in to your AWP account and select My AWP Account, then My Exhibit Spaces, and click on the blue link to your page. Always click on the green Edit button first (if it is an option) before entering information. On this page you will be able to:
- select your exhibit space location
- add website and planner listings
- assign BSAs
- enter an organization to share the space
- enter author signing information