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Download the #AWP16 Mobile App!
The #AWP16 Los Angeles app is now available! Download the app from your iTunes or Android app store for conference information, maps, listings of exhibitors and sponsors, and a complete schedule of conference events. The app will be updated monthly as new conference information becomes available. If you previously downloaded the app for the 2015 conference, you will need to re-download the app from your app store to receive the fully updated version. The app will enable you to create your own schedule and send messages to other attendees. (Please note that schedules created on the app will not transfer to our website.)
Purchase Your Bookfair Exhibit Space by December 11
Come join over 650 presses, journals, magazines, and literary organizations that have secured space at the #AWP16 Los Angeles bookfair. Our online exhibit purchase and management system allows exhibitors to select the exhibit location of their choice. The system is open to all exhibitors, and sales will be ongoing until the bookfair sells out. Don't wait to purchase your booth or table at the most popular independent bookfair in the country. All organizations purchasing an exhibit space by December 11 will be included in the printed conference planner.
Win $500 to Attend a Writers' Conference, Festival, Center, Retreat, or Residency
Each year, AWP offers three scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers' conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. AWP maintains a comprehensive list of these events and opportunities in our Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists will also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. Enter via Submittable now until March 30, 2016.
Give the Gift of AWP—and Get a Chance to Win VIP Tickets
Want to share your love of AWP this holiday season? Beginning December 1, you can purchase a discounted gift membership for the writer in your life and be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to the reception following Claudia Rankine's keynote address in Los Angeles. One-year gift memberships are just $59—a $16 discount!
Serve as a Mentor in AWP's Writer to Writer Program
AWP's mentorship program matches emerging writers and published authors for a three-month series of modules on topics such as craft, revision, publishing, and the writing life. Mentors volunteer their time and receive a free one-year AWP membership; the program is free to mentees. Writer to Writer is open to all members, but we particularly encourage two underserved segments of our membership to apply—writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are typically underrepresented in the literary world. Mentor applications are welcome now. Prospective mentees are encouraged to submit their applications beginning January 1, 2016.
Last Call! Program Directors: Submit Your Students' Work
Program directors are invited to nominate students' works to the Intro Journals Project by December 1. Winning pieces will be selected for publication in participating literary journals, including Artful Dodge, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and Tampa Review.
Prepare Submissions for the AWP Award Series
The AWP Award Series submission period starts on January 1. Guidelines are available on our website.
Take Us on a Campus Visit
Come view all the video submissions we've received from students at MFA and BFA programs across the country. Students, we want to know what makes your program special. What might someone not understand about your writing program just by looking at the data in our online guide? Students, send us your (informal and entertaining) three-minute videos, and we'll help promote your program on our website and in our social media.
Make a Gift to Support Your Literary Community
Your donations help us build a stronger, better AWP to serve our members and expand our services and outreach to the literary community. Please consider joining our community by becoming a Friend of AWP and receive valuable benefits like conference registration, annual membership, or a subscription to the Writer's Chronicle. You can make an online donation today or fill out our pledge form.
Part Two of Our Blog Series on Starting an MFA Program
Christopher Coake continues his discussion on the creation of the new MFA program at the University of Nevada, Reno. How did they get the administration's approval after the Great Recession? Find out what strategies worked from UNR and other programs' experiences.
Our Newest Career Advice: Working as a Writer in Public Affairs
Katherine Perry Harris, in "Storytellers: Writers Working in Communications," gives us what we need to know about working in public affairs and communications departments. "Debate aside about writing what you know—and whether working in diverse job settings provides fodder for your own writing—at the end of the day, as a working writer, you also need work. An occupation." Our annual report on the academic job market will be available soon.
Discover AWP Members In the Spotlight
Each month, In the Spotlight features AWP members who are making important contributions to the community. November’s spotlight shone on Sheila Black and Jennifer Bartlett, active members in the literary community who will be a part of the first ever disability caucus at #AWP16. Read more about Sheila and Jennifer’s work, and discover other In the Spotlight members today!
AWP Conference & Bookfair Updates
Create Your Own Schedule for #AWP16

The searchable schedule of events and author signings is now available for #AWP16 in Los Angeles. You can print, save, and share your schedule with friends via email or social media. Start today by learning more about our keynote speaker, Claudia Rankine, and our other featured presenters. Please note that personal schedules created on our website will not transfer to the mobile app.

Announce Your Offsite Events

Holding your #AWP16 event offsite? Visit our website to submit your event to the schedule of literary events taking place in Los Angeles during the conference. If you have already submitted an event and need to make a change, you can edit submitted events through your "My AWP Account."

Sign Up to Volunteer at #AWP16

Conference volunteer positions for students and adjunct professors are still available. In exchange for a four-hour block of your time, volunteers receive a complimentary conference registration. Volunteers will help staff registration areas, assist attendees with directions, and monitor conference events. Sign up today to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

Preregister for #AWP16

Visit our registration page to secure your place at North America's largest and most dynamic literary conference at discounted rates. Not yet an AWP member or need to renew your membership? Bundle your registration and a one-year membership to receive the reduced member registration rate, a subscription to the Writer’s Chronicle, and access to members-only content. Reduced preregistration rates are in effect until February 12, 2016.

Hotel Rooms Still Available for #AWP16

Many of the conference hotels, including the headquarters hotel, the JW Marriott, are sold out, but rooms are still available at the Omni Los Angeles. Reserve your room today to guarantee the discounted conference rate. Visit our hotel and travel page for more information and updates.
December 1: Deadline for Intro Journals Project nominations

December 1: WC&C Scholarship Competition submissions accepted

December 1: Support AWP on #GivingTuesday

December 1: Purchase a gift membership and get a chance to win #AWP16 VIP tickets

December 4: Last day to reserve an advertisement in the conference & bookfair program

December 11: Deadline for inclusion of bookfair exhibitor listings in the print planner