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Writer's News
Jericho Brown’s The Tradition has been selected for One Book, One Philadelphia, an annual citywide reading drive hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. This is the first time in the program’s nineteen-year history that a book of poetry has been selected. Andrew Nurkin, the Free Library’s deputy director of enrichment and civic engagement, said of the choice, “We wanted to find a title that felt right to the moment in recognition of the year we had and a way forward. Poetry seemed exactly the thing we needed.” 
Order Your #AWP21 T-shirt or Tumbler Today!
Congratulations to our top two designers: Katrina Roberts has won first place in our annual t-shirt design contest with her joyful "AWP Cosmosphere," and Kendall Treebs has won second place with his inspiring "Rising Writers." To receive your shirt or tumbler for the conference, be sure to purchase by February 11. Get yours soon! Sales will also continue during and after the conference through March 31.
Check Out the Full #AWP21 Schedule
We are excited to release the #AWP21 conference schedule, which presents five days of literary programming, discussions, resources, and more! Visit the Conference Schedule page to see the schedule at a glance, to find out more about how events and Q&As will work in the virtual setting, to learn how registered attendees will be able to make a personal schedule, and more. If you have any questions about the conference schedule, please email for assistance.
Register for #AWP21 Today
The virtual AWP Conference & Bookfair is less than a month away, and registrations can still be purchased! Register today to join us for five days of panel discussions, readings, discussion rooms, receptions, the virtual Bookfair, and more, with an additional month of access until April 3, 2021. If you have any questions about registration, please email for assistance.
AWP Award Series
Submissions for the AWP Award Series are now open! Submit your manuscripts for The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, The AWP Prize for the Novel, and The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Winners receive a cash prize from AWP and publication. Entries may be submitted through February 28. 
Check Out the #AWP21 Bookfair Exhibitors
This year’s virtual bookfair will be thriving with hundreds of presses, literary magazines, writing programs, individual authors, and other literary organizations. Check out the #AWP21 Bookfair Exhibitors page to see which organizations you can meet in the virtual bookfair, and visit each organization’s website to learn more.
Send Us Your Undergraduate Literary Magazine
Submit this year's issue to AWP's National Program Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines. View our guidelines and make sure your submissions arrive by March 15, 2021.
Assign Your #AWP21 BSAs
#AWP21 exhibitors! If you haven’t already, please be sure to assign your Bookfair Setup Access registration(s) (BSAs) to whoever is responsible for setting up your virtual exhibit space. Organization managers can assign BSAs in the “My Exhibit Spaces” page of their AWP accounts. If you have any questions about your exhibits BSAs, please email for assistance.
AWP Spotlight Interview with Tom Lutz and Nanda Dyssou
“But I am also trying to get at something else about the process of writing: that it is always at once both planned and unplanned, intended and unintended, motivated, of course, but so multiply motivated that we might almost say unmotivated. ” Words from Tom Lutz in an interview with Nanda Dyssou. Read the full #AWPSPOTLIGHT interview with our February members in the spotlight online! 
Request #AWP21 Accessibility Services
If you have questions about conference accessibility or require an accommodation, please visit our Accessibility Services page. AWP can best meet accessibility needs when requests are sent by Friday, February 12, 2021, to Colleen Cable at AWP will make every effort to accommodate requests that arrive after February 12.
Congrats to the 2021 Small Press Publisher Award Finalists!
AWP is excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 Small Press Publisher Award. Congratulations to Dzanc Books, Etruscan Press, Milkweed Editions, and Noemi Press! Stay tuned for the winner of the 2021 Small Press Publisher Award, who will be announced during #AWP21 in March.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

Some of the answers we received:

@marisarussellowrites: The right music 🎵

@loriepm: A locked door

@jk.metz: A sit/stand desk.

@devynprice: A babysitter

@raegunnp: As little as possible.

@zoeyisgolden: Coffee ☕🔥

@maven.maxine: A good view

@JMLandonWriting: Gotta have a clean workspace, first and foremost! A good drink
preferably hotsoft lighting helps too. 

Mandy Webster: A comfy chair, a drink, and my laptop with no Internet browser open. 

@luisacaycedokimura: Silence

@haddictiv: No Internet 😂

Follow AWP on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
What's That Image?
#AWP21 T-shirt contest designs "AWP Cosmosphere" by Katrina Roberts and "Rising Writers" by Kendall Treebs on a yellow, orange, and teal background with lines and dots. The T-shirt designs appear on models wearing multicolored T-shirts including different shades of blue, teal, pink, black, and white.