A series of covers from literary organizations that publish Intro Journals Project winners' poetry, fiction, and nonfiction

AWP Intro Journals Project

The AWP Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Program directors are invited to nominate student work, and winners are selected for publication in participating literary journals. The 2024 journals are Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Reed Magazine, and Tampa Review.

Nominations are open October 1–December 1 each year. Contact programs@awpwriter.org for more information.


Both graduate and undergraduate student work is eligible. Each member program is free to devise its own method for nominating student work, but only students currently enrolled in AWP member programs may be nominated. Each program may submit one essay, one short story, and up to three poems. A student who has won in any given year is not eligible to be nominated for the next two years.

If your program does not have an active AWP membership but you would like to sign up, please email awp@awpwriter.org.


Nominations must be uploaded via our online submission portal between October 1 and December 1, 2024. Entries can be submitted by the program director or an admin, but they should all be submitted by one representative for the program. Submitters will be asked to provide the following:

  1. The name of the program and its director
  2. The name, contact info, and expected graduation date of each student being nominated
  3. A separate file (Word doc or PDF) for each work being nominated; these files should NOT include the author’s name or any other identifying information.

Nominated works must be unpublished. The author or nominator must notify programs@awpwriter.org immediately in the case of acceptance elsewhere. Individual poems may be retracted from submissions of multiple poems.

Each program may nominate no more than one work of nonfiction, one work of short fiction, and three poems (poems do not have to be by the same author).

No submission may exceed 5,000 words. Prose must be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman.


The judges will select four winners each for fiction and nonfiction, and eight for poetry. Each winner receives publication in a participating journal, a $100 honorarium, and promotional opportunities via AWP’s website and social media platforms.