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.

2022 National Program Directors' Prize Winners

Winner Description

Content Award

Westminster College

Selected by
Judy Wilson,
Southwest Minnesota State University

“The work included in Volume 57 of Ellipsis carries the gravitas necessary to hold our hearts and minds in steadfast engagement in spite of the competing distractions of our current day realities. The poems, essays, and stories in this issue tap into things universal by way of the personal. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and emotionally compelling, they are complex in socio-cultural relevance. This is a fine issue that feels organically developed and not the least bit contrived or pretentious.”

Design Award

Highline College

Selected by
DeMisty D. Bellinger-Delfeld,
Fitchburg State University

“With clean lines, readable texts, and gorgeous artwork and design, Arcturus from Highline College stands out as an excellent and unique publication. The foil stamp of the main typography is attractive, as is the spine, with the title in raised text. Inside, an endsheet of vellum shares a quote by Rabindranath Tagore, followed by another vellum sheet with the outline of the Arcturus constellation. The font and margins are consistent, and the art is cleanly reproduced in the magazine. It is clear, from cover to cover, that the editorial team took great care in comprising this issue.”