AWP Small Press Publisher Award Winners

Previous winners and finalists of the AWP Small Press Publisher Award. Scroll over each image for more information.

Year Winner Finalists

2018

Creative Nonfiction Creative Nonfiction
Creative Nonfiction

Winner: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. 

  • Fence
  • The Normal School

2017

Coffee House Press Coffee House Press
Coffee House Press

Winner: Coffee House Press began as a small letterpress in 1972 and has grown into an internationally renowned nonprofit publisher of literary fiction, essay, poetry, translation, and other work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Coffee House is both a publisher and an arts organization. Through our Books in Action program and publications, we’ve become interdisciplinary collaborators and incubators for new work and audience experiences. Our vision for the future is one where a publisher is a catalyst and connector.

  • Belladonna*
  • CavanKerry Press

2016

Guernica Guernica
Guernica

Winner: Guernica is an award-winning magazine of literature, politics, art, and ideas. Free and online since its founding in 2004, the magazine gives equal weight to reportage, polemic, and criticism of domestic and international affairs, alongside first-person narrative, fiction, poetry and visual art by established and emerging artists. Its authors and artists come from more than sixty countries, write in dozens of languages, and offer original—at times, radical—takes on global issues. Issues of the magazine publish twice monthly with new work appearing every weekday on Guernica Daily.

  • Beloit Poetry Journal
  • Creative Nonfiction

2015

Graywolf Graywolf
Graywolf

Winner: 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

2014

One Story, Inc. One Story, Inc.
One Story, Inc.

Winner: 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.

  • The Cincinnati Review
  • Creative Nonfiction

2013

Sarabande Books Sarabande Books
Sarabande Books

Winner: Sarabande Books

Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. Sarabande's first titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 150 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all.

  • Bellevue Literary Press (BLP)
  • Coffee House Press
  • Red Hen Press