Winning Words: Best Practices for Submitting to Book Prizes

Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Contests offered by independent, small, and university presses have become one of the most common ways for authors of story, essay, and poetry collections to publish their books. Five editors of literary prizes will describe the contests offered by their presses, highlight the traits of successful submissions, and offer practical advice for authors. Presses represented include Willow Springs Books, Sarabande Books, University of Georgia Press, Gasher Press, and Texas Tech University Press.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Panel_Outline_for_Winning_Words_Best_Practices_for_Submitting_to_Book_Prizes_AWP2023_Revision.pdf



Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories and Make Way for Her and Other Stories. Her work has recently appeared in Redivider, Gargoyle, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas Tech University and is the faculty director of Texas Tech University Press.

Jonathan Johnson's most recent book of poetry is May Is an Island. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and numerous other anthologies and magazines. He migrates between Scotland, Upper Michigan, and Eastern Washington University where he is a poetry professor in the MFA program.

Kristen Renee Miller is the incoming executive director and editor in chief for Sarabande Books. A poet and translator, she is the 2020 winner of the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation and the translator of two books from the French by poet Marie-Andrée Gill. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bethany Snead is an acquisitions editor at the University of Georgia Press, where she acquires trade creative works, literary studies, and environmental studies, and oversees their series-based literary competitions. She has worked in scholarly publishing since 2008.

Whitney Koo is a PhD candidate in English- creative writing at Oklahoma State University and the founder and editor in chief of Gasher Press, a nonprofit literary press focused on representing emerging voices.


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