AWP Award Series

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. 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is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.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 2015 competition will be accepted from January 1 to February 28, 2015. We no longer accept submissions by post.

The 2014 AWP Award Series is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Results will be announced by the end of the summer. Check back in the fall for judges and guidelines for the 2015 AWP Award Series, which will open January 1, 2015.

Winners of the 2013 AWP Award Series

Sarah Gorham

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Winner: Sarah Gorham
Judge: Bernard Cooper
Study in Perfect, University of Georgia Press

Finalist: Neil Mathison, Volcano: An A to Z and Other Essays about Geology and Geo-Travel in the American West


Matthew Burriesci

AWP Prize for the Novel

Winner: Matthew Burriesci
Judge: Charles Yu
Nonprofit, New Issues Press

Finalist: Trudy Lewis, The Empire Rolls


Kirsten Kaschock

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Winner: Kirsten Kaschock
Judge: D. A. Powell
The Dottery, University of Pittsburgh Press

Finalist: Leora Fridman, The Riots

Carla Panciera

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

Winner: Carla Panciera
Judge: Pam Houston
Bewildered, University of Massachusetts Press

Finalist: Bradford Tice, Missionaries

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The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
2014 Judge: Joy Harjo
2015 Judge: Crystal Williams

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press.
2014 Judge: Jaime Manrique
2015 Judge: Nahid Rachlin

AWP Prize for the Novel

The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2014 Judge: Mary Gaitskill
2015 Judge:
Paul Harding

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers an award of $2,500 and publication by the University of Georgia Press.
2014 Judge: John Phillip Santos
2015 Judge:
Lia Purpura

List of Winners

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction are made possible by the generous support of:

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See a list of previous AWP Award Series winners.