AWP Small Press Publisher Award

AWP’s Small Press Publisher Award is an annual prize for nonprofit presses and literary journals that recognizes the important role such organizations play in publishing creative works and introducing new authors to the reading public. The award acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation of these presses and journals, and honors their contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work.

The award includes a $2,000 honorarium and a complimentary exhibit booth, including two complimentary conference registrations, at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in the year following the recipient’s recognition. In even years, the award is given to a journal, and, in odd years, to a press.

Winner of the 2018 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

Creative Nonfiction Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction is true stories, well told. Each issue of the quarterly features original essays and illustrations; writing that pushes traditional boundaries of the genre; notes on craft; micro-essays; conversations with writers and editors; and more. Almost every issue includes a writer's first publication, and the editorial team emphasizes a thoughtful editorial process and rigorous fact-checking as vital elements of the organization's overall educational mission. Simply put, Creative Nonfiction strives to demonstrate the depth and versatility of the genre it has helped define. 

The Normal School

Stephanie G’Schwind, Colorado Review / Colorado State University
Tobi Harper, Los Angeles Review / Red Hen Press
John Wang, Potomac Review / Montgomery College


Letters of nomination are accepted each year between August 1 and September 30. All nominations should be in PDF format and submitted through AWP's Submittable portal. Postal submissions will not be considered.

To nominate a candidate for the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, please consult our award guidelines.

Should you need assistance with processing your nomination please feel free to contact Tiffany Robinson, Bookfair Manager, by emailing

List of Winners

See a list of previous award winners and finalists.