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Submit Event Proposals for #AWP17 by May 1
AWP welcomes proposals for the 2017 conference in Washington, DC, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization. The deadline for submission is Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Our conference subcommittee seeks proposals that feature panelists who are diverse in their backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, and ages, and who represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences. AWP strongly encourages participation from current and recent graduate students.
Catch Up with Award Series Winners
Publications assistant Sarah Katz interviews Marcia Aldrich, 2011 AWP Award Series winner for creative nonfiction. Learn what she's working on now and get her great advice for writers planning to submit. "Winning the award confirmed my belief that bringing a project to fruition can be a long process and that having faith in my instincts is crucial."
Visit a Campus—Virtually
Spalding University is the latest addition to our Campus Visit Video Series, where students share what is most meaningful about their writing programs. “I found, at Spalding, myself—that writer that I was always looking for, that writer that I always wanted to be.” Consider making a video about your program for the series!
Consider Being a Literary Agent
In the latest Career Advice piece, John Coyne profiles half a dozen agents that came from English literature and writing backgrounds, and describes the skills and habits it takes to become a successful agent. "Almost every agent will tell you they chose this job because they love books."
See Our 2016 Prize Winners!
Results from many of our recent awards are in. E. Ethelbert Miller received the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature for his work as a literary activist. Guernica, a magazine of literature, politics, art, and ideas, received the Small Press Publisher Award. The Abington Review of Penn State Abington won the National Program Directors' Prize for content. Students from member programs across the country were honored in the Intro Journals Project as winners or honorable mention recipients. Congratulations to all our winners!
Writer's News
Two Past Award Series Winners Take Home Major Prizes
Two Donald Hall Prize Winners, Beth Bachmann (2009) and Iliana Rocha (2014), were honored for their work in April. Bachmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship and Rocha's Karankawa won the Society of Midland Authors Annual Literary Prize for Poetry.

Fiction Shortlists
April saw the announcement of shortlists for two big fiction awards, the Man Booker International Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award (formerly IMPAC Award). The finalists for the Booker are: A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angolan); The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (Italian); The Vegetarian by Han Kang (South Korean); A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish); A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (Austrian); and The Four Books by Yan Lianke (Chinese). The finalists for the International Dublin Literary Award are: Outlaws by Javier Cercas (Spanish); Academy Street by Mary Costello (Irish); Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers (American); The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (German); A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaican); Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Brazilian); Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwandan); Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (American); Lila by Marilynne Robinson (American); Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Indian-American).
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: The #AWP16 bookfair was full of fun things—buttons, books, even potatoes. What did you buy while you were there?

Some of the answers we received:

jbs: more books than I bought at every previous conference I ever attended put together. #biggestindependentbookstoreintheworld

Chrissy Montelli: Pelican by Emily O'Neill!

Christopher Soriano: Books. $300 worth. No regrets.

Tania Pabon: 10 books. 7 journals. 2 totes. 2 mugs. 2 shirts. 1 potato. In my defense, I won the potato.

Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
Program Directors: It's Time to Renew!
We mailed membership renewal materials for the 2016–17 academic year to all programs on April 15. You can also renew online.
AWP Spotlight on Ross White!
“How can anyone working for a small press look across the bookfair, at all of those tables and booths and the thousands of people buying books, and feel anything other than elation?” AWP is happy to feature Ross White, director of Bull City Press, as May’s member In the Spotlight! Read more from Ross, and explore the words of past In the Spotlight members today!
#AWP17 Bookfair Exhibit Sales to Open in June
The online bookfair system is scheduled to open in June of 2016. AWP uses the rolling exhibit sales process to replace the point system in order to continue rewarding exhibiting organizations for their commitment to AWP and the bookfair. For details about the launch, please visit the Bookfair Overview page on the AWP website, and 'like' the AWP Bookfair Facebook page for updates.
Pledge Now for #AWP17 in Washington, DC
Sponsorship is open for AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair to be held in Washington, DC, February 8–11, 2017. Secure your sponsorship today and start enjoying excellent marketing benefits! Sponsorship is a low-cost and effective way to promote your school, organization, or press.
What's that Image?
The banner image for this email is part of the cover of the May/Summer 2016 issue of the Writer's Chronicle, created by Sara Flood and inspired by the article "Magic and the Intellect: Four Writers Consider the Stakes of Magic in Literature Today." Read this article and all others from our latest issue online now.
May 1: Deadline to submit event proposals for #AWP17 in Washington, DC

May 18: #AWP17BF tweet chat for bookfair exhibitors at 3:00 p.m. ET

May 31: Deadline to reserve & pay for an advertisement at FY16 rates
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