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is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.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 2019 competition may be submitted from January 1 to February 28, 2019. We no longer accept submissions by post.

Winners of the 2018 AWP Award Series

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Steven Moore Winner: Steven Moore
Judge: Dinty W. Moore
Notes for the Relief, The University of Georgia Press
Finalist: Larry Palmer, Scholarship Boy: A Memoir


AWP Prize for the Novel

Ginger Eager Winner: Ginger Eager
Judge: Paula McLain
The Nature of Remains, New Issues Press
Finalist: Ron Nyren, The Book of Lost Light


The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Rebecca Lehmann Winner: Rebecca Lehmann
Judge: Ross A. Gay
Ringer, University of Pittsburgh Press
Finalist: Ashley Danielle Ryle, Philomel, Whose Reputation Precedes Her


The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

Zachary Doss Winner: Zachary Doss
Judge: Kelly Link
Boy Oh Boy, Red Hen Press
Finalist: Victoria Lancelotta, Ways to Disappear

 

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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.
2018 Judge: Dinty W. Moore

AWP Prize for the Novel

The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2018 Judge: Paula McLain

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.
2018 Judge: Ross A. Gay
2019 Judge: Natasha D. Trethewey

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.
2018 Judge: Kelly Link
2019 Judge: Dan Chaon

List of Winners

See a list of previous AWP Award Series winners.