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is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.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 2021 competition may be submitted from January 1 to February 28, 2021. We no longer accept submissions by post.

Winners of the 2020 AWP Award Series

The Sue William SIlverman Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Winner: Caroline Crew
Judge: Alexander Chee
Other Girls to Burn, University of Georgia Press

Finalist:
Zara Chowdhary The Lucky Ones (a diary of another young girl)


AWP Prize for the Novel

Christie Hodgen Winner: Christie Hodgen
Judge: Salvatore Scibona
Boy Meets Girl, New Issues Press




The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Winner: Tracy Fuad
Judge: Claudia Rankine
about:blank, University of Pittsburgh Press


Finalists:
Gabriel Palacios The Spanish Trail Motel
Ben Kline Twang
Jason Koo No Rest of the Essay
David Thacker Makeshift Detonation Chambers


The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

John Weir Winner: John Weir
Judge: Dr. Amina Gautier
Your Nostalgia is Killing Me, 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.
2021 Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil

AWP Prize for the Novel

The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2021 Judge: Sabina Murray

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.
2021 Judge: Ilya Kaminsky

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 Red Hen Press.
2021 Judge: Rebecca Makkai

List of Winners

See a list of previous AWP Award Series winners.