National Program Directors' Prize

Instituted by the directors of AWP’s member programs, two National Program Directors' Prizes for undergraduate literary magazines are awarded annually to outstanding journals in the categories of content and design. Each winning magazine receives a $1,000 cash award. Winners are announced in the Writer's Chronicle and in other media, and the winning magazines are acknowledged at AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair the following year. Prize honoraria are sent directly to the winning magazines. The final judges for content and design are announced at the conclusion of the competition.


Undergraduate literary magazines published between March 15, 2015 and March 15, 2016 are eligible for consideration. Submissions must arrive at AWP by March 15, 2016. Consult our guidelines for more information.

2015 National Program Directors' Prize Winners

Winner Description

Content Award

R2: The Rice Review,
Rice University

Selected by
David Jauss, Vermont College of Fine Arts

"Amongst the many commendable undergraduate literary magazines entered this year, the clear winner is Rice University’s R2: The Rice Review. It features a wide range of consistently outstanding poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art, plus thoughtful, incisive interviews with poet Ange Mlinko, filmmaker and novelist Miguel Coyula, and novelists Amber Dermont and Percival Everett. If the best of the students represented in this issue live up to their considerable promise—and I’m betting they will—someday they, too, will be the subjects of such interviews. Rice University is to be commended for nurturing the talents of its students and for producing a remarkable undergraduate literary journal, one that sets the bar for other journals and sets it high."

The 2015 design winner will be announced soon.

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List of Winners

See a list of previous National Program Directors' Prize winners.