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.

Finalists for the 2019 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

Winner to be announced at the #AWP19 Conference & Bookfair at the awards celebration followed by the Braver Together gala


Green Writers Press Logo

Green Writers Press, an independent, Vermont-based publishing company is dedicated to spreading environmental awareness and social justice by publishing authors who promulgate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. In five years, Green Writers Press has expanded, publishing such authors as Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Dr. M Jackson, Madeleine Kunin, and Clarence Major. Our mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal through the words and images we publish. To that end, a percentage of our proceeds will be donated to environmental activist groups and social justice organizations. The Hopper is our literary magazine.


Split Lip Press Logo

Split Lip Press brings a punk rock sensibility to small press publishing, producing high quality, beautifully designed books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We print on demand, have a short draft-to-release window, and have worked almost entirely on authors' first books. We run a guest-judged chapbook contest and put out four full-length books in varying genres yearly. We also collaborate with our authors as much as possible in terms of design and promotion. We think of our press as a literary family, with care and support of emerging writers being our top priority.


Zephyr Press Logo

Zephyr Press, founded in 1980, is recognized as a leading translation press of international poetry and prose. From our landmark bilingual edition of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova in 1990, to our unique contemporary Chinese line, featuring work from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, we strive to bring exceptional international writers to English-speaking readers, and to foster a deeper understanding of other cultures and languages. Our catalog includes books from more than a dozen languages (and counting). Zephyr Press is run by Jim Kates, Christopher Mattison, and Leora Zeitlin.


Judges

Erika Meitner, Virginia Tech
Paolo Javier, Poets House
J.D. Wilson, Northwestern University Press

Nominations

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 bookfairservices@awpwriter.org.

List of Winners

See a list of previous award winners and finalists.