2021 Conference & Bookfair Registration

AWP is excited to announce that #AWP21 will be fully virtual this March. The AWP Conference & Bookfair has always been a place of connection, reunion, and celebration, and we hope to offer the same experience in a new way this year.

We are currently working with Kansas City, MO to move the in-person conference to a future year and we will announce more information in the coming weeks. We look forward to rescheduling with Kansas City and celebrating the region and Kansas City’s literary community once it’s safe for us all to be together again.

Registration includes admission to AWP’s bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions from March 3 through 7, 2021, with an additional month of access until April 3, 2021!

Students, faculty, and staff of sponsoring institutions should check with their program or organization before purchasing a registration on their own. You may be eligible for a complimentary sponsor registration.

All conference registrations must be purchased online or onsite with a credit or debit card. We do not accept checks or cash. All sales are final and nonrefundable.

Become an AWP member today to receive discounted conference registration. When you register for #AWP21, you will also gain access to our extensive member benefits, including a subscription to The Writer's Chronicle, the AWP Job List, the Writer's Calendar, and the Directory of Members. If you are already a member, login to purchase your discounted registration! To save even more, select “Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle” from the registration options to bundle your registration and one-year membership. If your membership has not yet expired, the one-year membership included in the bundle will begin the day after your current membership lapses.

Virtual Registration Rates & Periods

Registration Categories Early Bird
Sep. 8 – Nov. 30
Dec. 1 – Mar. 6
Member Registration $70 $90
Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle $140 $160
Student* Registration $40 $50
Senior (65 and up)** Registration $50 $60
Bookfair Staff Registration*** $70 $90
Bookfair Staff, Student* Registration*** $40 $50
Presenter Member Registration $60 $60
Presenter Registration + One-Year Membership Bundle $120 $120

* Students must upload an image of a valid student ID at checkout.
** Seniors must upload an image of a valid ID at checkout.
*** Bookfair staff registrations will have access to virtual exhibit spaces during move-in and move out days. Bookfair student & staff registrations will be available for purchase toward the end of October 2020.

Please consider donating a $100 registration to the #AWP21 Community Scholarship, a program aimed at increasing access to the AWP Conference & Bookfair for attendees of color, attendees with disabilities, and for those who are low-income. This scholarship program is made possible by the generous donations from the AWP community. For more information, please visit the Community Scholarship webpage.


Registration Confirmation

You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided under your registration information during purchase. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering. You may change the name and affiliation at any point before Wednesday, March 3, 2021, on the Conference Registration Management page of your AWP user account.

Sponsor & Literary Partner Registrations

As a benefit of supporting the conference, all sponsors and literary partners receive an allocated number of registration waivers, based on their level of sponsorship. Confirmed sponsors and partners will be contacted by AWP with instructions for submitting their waiver lists. All lists must be received by February 4, 2021. Unclaimed waivers will be forfeited.

Press Passes

We appreciate all coverage of our annual conference. Requests for press passes must be made in writing from the editor of the media organization, on behalf of the journalist, to registration@awpwriter.org by February 18, 2021. The request must specifically detail how the pass will be used to cover the conference. To attend as a member of the press, you must provide valid press credentials to the registration coordinator so that you may receive your conference registration. Photography, videography, and sound recordings are not permitted at the conference without AWP's written consent.


Attendee Terms & Conditions

Refund Policy

Accessibility Services


March 3–7, 2021

Registration Contact

Conference Registration Manager
(240) 696-8273