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, 2022, and March 15, 2023, are eligible for consideration. Submissions must arrive at AWP by March 15, 2023. Consult our guidelines for more information.

2021 National Program Directors' Prize Winners

Winner Description

Content Award

University of

Selected by
Sean Bernard,
University of La Verne

“Of the many impressive aspects of this issue of Furrow is its tonal complexity, a complexity that exists both within individual pieces and generally across the issue; while the concepts and situations are often shiny and strange, they never overshadow deeper emotional depths.”

Design Award

the peacock's feet,
Georgia College

Selected by
Ryan Stone,
Paradise Valley Community College

the peacock's feet
the peacock's feet is elegant in its simplicity and approach, yet simplicity here does not equate to poor quality or poor execution. The artwork pops off the glossy pages. The text is well spaced, easy to read, and fits the journal's dimensions well. All aspects of this little journal are exquisitely executed.”