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 2015 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

Graywolf Graywolf

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.

Bellevue Literary Press (BLP)
Coffee House Press
Etruscan Press
Salmon Poetry

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.