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 2015 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

Winner to be announced at the #AWP15 Conference & Bookfair

Bellevue Literary Press

Bellevue Literary Press (BLP) is a nonprofit mission-driven publisher that has been publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and the sciences since 2007. BLP’s books have received major literary prizes: The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and 2012 winner of the first annual Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner won the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and The New York Times best seller Tinkers, by Paul Harding, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Coffee House Press

Coffee House Press. is built on the best traditions of publishing and the book arts, producing work that celebrates imagination, innovation in the craft of writing, and the many authentic voices of the American experience. We work to create spaces for artists to play, through our publishing program as well as activities that encourage and nurture literary arts beyond the page. Interdisciplinary collaboration, reader engagement, and nontraditional means of accessing the reading experience are all part of this and why we like to say “literature is not the same thing as publishing.”

Etruscan Press

Etruscan Press nurtures dialogue in a world of contemporary voices. Housed at Wilkes University and partnering with Youngstown State University, Etruscan's body of work in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, criticism and translation subverts traditional boundaries and manifests the impulses beneath conventional modes. Etruscan authors have received recognition from the National Book Foundation, Poetry Society of America, ForeWord Review, PEN Oakland, and Roethke Poetry Prize. Since its founding in 2001, Etruscans regale, remember, wonder, complicate, and illuminate. Always, they sing.

Graywolf Press

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. Graywolf champions outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that diverse voices can be heard in a crowded marketplace. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Graywolf publishes poets, nonfiction writers, and fiction writers whose various and challenging literary works have recently been recognized with a National Book Award, two Pulitzer Prizes, four National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Salmon Poetry

Salmon Poetry has published over 400 volumes of poetry and literary non-fiction since 1981 and is one of the most prolific and important publishers in the Irish literary world. Salmon's list includes an extensive range of American and British poets: "Salmon has been acclaimed for its cross-cultural literary dialogue," for "broadening the parameter of Irish literature by opening up to other cultures and by urging new perspectives on established traditions. That enviable balance of focus and ranginess is a rare and instructive achievement." ('Opening up to Other Cultures' Poetry Ireland Review 54.)


Maribeth Batcha, One Story, Inc.
Parneshia Jones, Northwestern University Press
Jon Tribble, Crab Orchard Review & Crab Orchard Series in Poetry


Letters of nomination are accepted each year between August 1 and September 15 and should be emailed in PDF format to:

      Christian Teresi
      Director of Conferences
      Association of Writers & Writing Programs

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

List of Winners

See a list of previous award winners and finalists.