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Event Proposals

Proposals for #AWP19 have closed. You can check the status of your proposal by visiting your Event Management page. The proposal system will open again in the spring of 2019 and close on May 1, 2019.

The AWP Conference & Bookfair features 550 events and more than 2,000 presenters. The proposal process is highly competitive, and panel organizers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Event Proposal Guidelines and Presenter Guidelines before submitting a proposal.

Please see the Schedule page for a list of accepted events for the current conference.

The AWP conference subcommittee seeks proposals featuring panelists who are diverse in their backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, and ages. While an institutional affiliation is not required of participants, when appropriate, panels should showcase presenters from a variety of organizations and institutions who are at different stages of their careers. The ideal panel will consist of participants who represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences. The committee also encourages panel participation from graduate students.

Helpful Hints

  • You do not need to be a member of AWP to propose an event. However, you must have an active AWP user account. You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you enter the proposal system. If you already have an AWP user account but you've forgotten your password, visit our Forgot Password page.
  • You can watch a video tutorial on how to use the new proposal system. It takes five minutes and will answer all of your questions, especially the one about how to enter text into the submission form.
  • If you propose yourself as the moderator of an event, don't list yourself as a participant. All moderators are event participants.
  • Once you submit your proposed event, participants will receive an email confirming their willingness to participate. They must link the proposal to their own AWP user accounts within a week.
  • Your participants will be prompted to enter their own bios when they link to your event.
  • Give yourself ample time to read the Event Proposal Guidelines and acquaint yourself with the Event Management submission system.
  • The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


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March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center

Literary Partners

National literary organizations are invited to propose partnership events for our annual conference.
Read our guidelines or call (240) 696-7742.

Advertising and Sponsorship

Visit the advertising section of our website to learn more about how to reach our conference attendees through print and online advertising. To learn more about sponsoring our Tampa, FL, conference, download our 2018 sponsorship kit and pledge form.