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View Our 2016 WC&C Scholarship Prize Winners
 
Each year AWP awards three scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a WC&C member writers' conference, center, festival, retreat, or residency. This year, Lydia Conklin won the fiction prize for her short story, "The Black Winter of New England," Lisa Hiton won the poetry prize for her collection, "Dislocated Cities," and Emily Withnall won the creative nonfiction prize for her work, "Disemodied." Congratulations also to our finalists, Carmiel Banasky, Shubha Venugopal, Blair Hurley, Annah Browning, Jenny Xie, M. Sophia Newman, and Tracy May Fuad. We invite you to learn about our more than 150 WC&C member programs in our Directory of Conferences & Centers.
 
2016 Graduating Students, We Need Your Voices!
 
Graduating this year? We can help you stay connected with your writing community after your MFA. Join AWP by June 30, 2016 and you'll pay only $49—a $26 savings—in your first post-graduate year. This offer is also available to students graduating from 2- or 4-year programs in 2016. Enter the code MFA16 + The Name of Your School (e.g., "MFA16 George Mason University") and be sure to select the $49 student rate at checkout.
 
Get an Expansive View of Literary Fiction
 
Fiction writer and director of the Weber State University creative writing program Siân Griffiths discusses the benefits of having an expansive definition of "literary fiction" in her post, "Tea and Windows."
"Perhaps the real problem is that literary fiction is a genre without a firm definition, leaving even writers who should know better to reduce it to a small subset of what the term encompasses."
 
Featured This Month
 
Every month, we feature a variety of members, articles, and podcasts on the main page of our website. This month we're featuring "Meditations On Mecca: Gwendolyn Brooks & the Responsibilities of the Black Poet" by Elizabeth Alexander from the March/April 2000 Writer's Chronicle. The featured blog post is our "Q&A with Andrew Ladd," and the featured podcast is Episode 106: How I Taught Then, How I Teach Now. Our spotlighted member is Ross White, Executive Director of Bull City Press.
 
Thank a Writer
 
In the Spotlight seeks to recognize writers who are giving back to their communities in ways big and small. Is there a writer who has made a difference in your life? Are you that writer who works to give back to your literary community? Submit a nomination today, and don’t forget to explore the words of past members in the #AWPSPOTLIGHT!
 
Join the Discussion
 
AWP asked: What are you trying to do more of in your writing?

Some of the answers we received:

riprip: I'm trying to write less / in hopes that it makes the work / more urgent

Stephen J Furlong: I am trying to listen to the music of words more. Something Roger Reeves talks extensively about.

EDML: So funny: usually I'm trying to cut back: less of a specific form/word, less of the same concept. More-wise: more diverse stuff?

Sarah Katz: I'm trying to write more types of prose poems. I just took an online workshop at @PoemBarn: a great intro!

Susan Gaissert: Blend research into my memoir.

Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
 
Writer's News
 
The 2016 Ruth Lilly Prize
Ed Roberson won the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation. The prize, awarded since 1986, is given for lifetime achievement in poetry and carries a $100,000 honorarium. In addition, the Poetry Foundation has also bestowed its 2016 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism to editors Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue for The Poems of T.S. Eliot: The Annotated Text.

Playwright to Become Bookstore Owner
Publishers Weekly reports that playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey is hoping to open up a pop-up children's bookstore in the Bronx. “Literacy in the Bronx is tough,” Ramsey told PW. “I’d love the kids here to have the same conversations about books that they have at [Bank Street Bookstore in the Upper West Side of Manhattan].”
 
Congratulate Guernica!
 
Guernica, an award-winning magazine of literature, politics, art, and ideas, has won the 2016 AWP Small Press Publisher Award. 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.
 
Proposal Submissions for #AWP17
 
Thank you to everyone who participated on nearly 1,500 event proposals that we've received for the #AWP17 conference in Washington, DC. Limited space prevents us from accepting all of the great events proposed to us, but we’re confident that #AWP17 will offer wide-ranging programming that continues the tradition that made the AWP Conference & Bookfair the most inclusive literary event in the U.S. The Washington, DC 2017 Subcommittee will shortly be hard at work evaluating all of the proposals, and we will announce the accepted events in early August.

If you are interested to know more about how the proposals are adjudicated with regards to the scoring process, the criteria for evaluation, and the conflict of interest policy for when the subcommittee members have to recuse themselves, please review page 8 of the Proposal Handbook. Additionally, this Open Letter describes the process for evaluation further and includes details about how the subcommittee is created, and how competitive the process is.
 
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This newsletter's header image was created by our designer for the Writer's Notebook piece "Tea and Windows."
 
 
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