AWP Award Series

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The prizes are supported by the AWP Award Series Endowments. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Entries for the 2021 competition may be submitted from January 1 — February 28, 2021. We no longer accept submissions by post.

Winners of the 2021 AWP Award Series

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Winner: Paul Hlava Ceballos
Judge: Ilya Kaminsky
banana [ ], University of Pittsburgh Press




Finalists:
Leslie Sainz Have You Been Long Enough at Table
Greg Emilio Kitchen Apocrypha
Ae Hee Lee Asterism

The Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Anne-Marie Oomen Winner: Anne-Marie Oomen
Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil
As Long as I Know You: The Mom Book, University of Georgia Press


Finalist:
Scott Blackwood The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: A Great Migration Story

AWP Prize for the Novel

Elizabeth Shick Winner: Elizabeth Shick
Judge: Sabina Murray
The Golden Land, New Issues Poetry & Prose





The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

Daphne Kalotay Winner: Daphne Kalotay
Judge: Rebecca Makkai
Vertigo and Other Stories





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The Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction

The Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers an award of $2,500 and publication by the University of Georgia Press.
2022 Judge: TBA

AWP Prize for the Novel

The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2022 Judge: TBA

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry offers an award of $5,500 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
2022 Judge: TBA

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction offers an award of $5,500 and publication by Red Hen Press.
2022 Judge: TBA


List of Winners

See a list of previous AWP Award Series winners.