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Event Proposals

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.

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 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


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March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center

Literary Partners

National literary organizations are invited to propose partnership events for our annual conference.
Read our guidelines (PDF or DOCX) 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 San Antonio conference, download our 2020 sponsorship kit and pledge form.