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 $500 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, 2013 and March 15, 2014 are eligible for consideration. Submissions must arrive at AWP by March 15, 2014. Consult our guidelines for more information.

2013 National Program Directors' Prize Winners

Winner Description

Content Award

Glass Mountain,
University of Houston

Selected by
Bonnie Culver,
Wilkes University

Glass Mountain
"Glass Mountain  is edgy, funny, smart, and top shelf fiction and poetry."

Design Award

Gannon University

Selected by
Roger Lathbury,
Orchises Press

"Totem is not ostentatious or flashy. Quietly, every element reinforces another. Such a commitment to the outré without overwhelming the text presented is a notable achievement. The careful alignment of images, the subtle, innovative use of fonts, the shadowing, the way the whole fit together, the dazzle arrested."

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List of Winners

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