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is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.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 2023 competition may be submitted from January 1–February 28, 2023. We no longer accept submissions by post.

Winners of the 2022 AWP Award Series

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Sahar Muradi Winner: Sahar Muradi
Judge: Naomi Shihab Nye
Octobers, University of Pittsburgh Press




Finalist:
Janan Alexandra house of stone of oranges of dust

The Sue William Silverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Jessica Hendry Nelson Winner: Jessica Hendry Nelson
Judge: Brian Turner
Joy Rides Through the Tunnel of Grief: A Memoir, University of Georgia Press






Finalist:
Maya Jewell Zeller, Raised by Ferns


The AWP Prize for the Novel

Parul Kapur Hinzen Winner: Parul Kapur Hinzen
Judge: Brandon Hobson
Inside the Mirror, University of Nebraska Press






Finalist:
Kevin Prufer, Sleepers

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

E.P. Tuazon Winner: E.P. Tuazon
Judge: ZZ Packer
Professional Lola, Red Hen Press







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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.
2023 Judge: Geoff Dyer


The James Alan McPherson Prize for the Novel

The James Alan McPherson Prize for the Novel offers an award of $5,500 and publication by the University of Nebraska Press.
2023 Judge: Percival Everett


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.
2023 Judge: Heid Erdrich


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.
2023 Judge: Carmen Maria Machado



List of Winners

See a list of previous AWP Award Series winners.