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 AWP’s Annual 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 2014 AWP Small Press Publisher Award
Winner to be announced at the #AWP14 Conference & Bookfair
The Cincinnati Review has aimed at both excellence and eclecticism, drawing notice to new talents as well as to established voices. A small staff with superb volunteer support, the Cincinnati Review has received recognition from prize anthologies and enjoys ever-increasing submissions, while serving a devoted community of lit-lovers. For a decade, the publication has offered great poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation, and in this—its tenth-anniversary year—they are adding art songs and a graphic play to their repertoire.
Creative Nonfiction was the first literary magazine to publish, exclusively and on a regular basis, high quality nonfiction prose. Since its debut in 1993, the magazine has helped launch the careers of some of the genre's most exciting writers as well as helped establish creative nonfiction as a worthy academic pursuit. Published quarterly in print and also available digitally, Creative Nonfiction includes original long-form essays as well as experimental work, micro-essays, and columns and features about writers, books, and the art, craft, and business of writing nonfiction.
One Story, Inc. is an award-winning, independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit literary publisher devoted to promoting the art form of the short story and supporting the authors who write them. For over eleven years, their flagship magazine, One Story, has published the best from established and emerging authors of short fiction, and is now one of the largest circulating literary magazines in the country with over 15,000 readers. In 2012, One Story, Inc. established One Teen Story, a short story literary magazine for readers of young adult fiction.
Erin Belieu, Florida State University
Sarah Gorham, Sarabande Press
Eric Lorberer, Rain Taxi Review of Books
Letters of nomination are accepted each year between August 1 and September 15 and should be emailed in PDF format to:
Director of Conferences
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
To nominate a candidate for the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, please consult our award guidelines.