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February Writer's Chronicle Cover: clocks and framed pictures of birds and trees
What Would Be Your Dream Writers' Conference?
The WC&C Scholarship Competition is currently accepting submissions in three genres and will be judged by Tarfia Faizullah for poetry, Jaquira Díaz for creative nonfiction, and Lori Ostlund for fiction. The $500 prize money can be applied to attendance at any of the 150+ writers' conferences, centers, festivals, retreats, or residencies in our WC&C Directory. Which would you attend? Join us for a tweet chat on February 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn more about these diverse programs in the U.S. and internationally. Follow along using #AWPWCC.
Submit Your Undergrad Lit Mag!
Consider entering the National Program Director's Prize. Undergraduate literary magazines in both print and online formats published between March 15, 2015 and March 15, 2016 are eligible for consideration in the categories of Content and Design. Each winning magazine receives a $1,000 cash award, and there is no entry fee. Submissions must arrive at AWP by March 15, 2016.
Got Questions About #AWP16 Registration?
AWP's next tweet chat will take place on Twitter on February 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET. It will cover everything you need to know about registering for the conference—online and onsite. Follow #AWP16Reg for tips, advice, or to ask questions to our staff. We're here to help you have the best possible conference, and that begins with registration!
#AWP16 Conference & Bookfair Updates
Preregistration Closes February 12
Visit our registration page to secure your place at North America's largest and most dynamic literary conference at discounted rates. All AWP members receive a discount on their conference registrations. You can also renew your membership by bundling it with a registration.

Prepare to Attend #AWP16 in Los Angeles
Preparation is key to making the most out of your conference experience. To begin, the schedule of more than 550 events is available on our website and also on the digital app. Create, save, and share with your friends your personalized conference itinerary. Find your favorite press, journal, or literary organization at the bookfair. Search for the date, time, and location of author signings by your favorite authors. Check out or add to the list of the many offsite events that will take place during the conference. Review the attendee guide. Keep up with conference updates through the Event Facebook Page and using the hashtag #AWP16 when making your own social media announcements about the Conference & Bookfair.

Stay Informed
To receive emails specific to #AWP16, including updates about the schedule and conference tips, make sure you use the confirmation email that was sent to you to link your registration badge to your AWP account. If you purchased your own registration, your badge should be linked automatically. Sign in to your account and check your badge on the Conference Registration Management page in your AWP user account.

Bookfair Exhibitors Are in the Spotlight!
AWP is shining the spotlight on our awesome exhibitors as the countdown to the #AWP16 bookfair begins. Check out these promotional posts as you make your plans to visit the bookfair. 'Like' the Bookfair Facebook Page and receive exhibitor updates directly in your news feed. You can also see these posts on the Event Facebook Page.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: You can never have too many drafts, but how do you know when your piece is ready for critique?
Some of the answers we received:

Rachael Hanel @rachael18: When you're too close and can't "see" it anymore.

Crystal Blevins: When I've fixed every problem I can see, gotten everything in there that I feel is essential to the story, or when I can't find a solution and need a new perspective. But I've already spent a considerable amount of time on edits and processing my ideas.

EDML @exclamate: When you've exhasuted your pen and find yourself with more questions than answers.

Jason Gray @jasonmgray: I have to have a beginning, middle, end. They may all be terrible, but some kind of complete arc must be there.

Veera Hiranandani @VeeraHira: the clarity of vision starts to outweigh the doubt. Or you just get sick of rewriting and need new eyes:)

Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter and look for a different question every Tuesday.
Writer's News
Iranian Poets, Sentenced to Prison and Lashings, Escape Country
Following up from a story we posted on October 28 last year, AP reports now that the two Iranian poets who faced severe punishments for their artistic expression, Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Mousavi, have fled the country. “Ekhtesari faced an 11½-year prison sentence, while Mousavi faced nine years on charges ranging from propaganda against the state to "insulting sanctities." Each also was sentenced to 99 lashings for shaking hands with members of the opposite sex. They likely were targeted because their work is known abroad. Both are self-described "postmodern Ghazal" poets who seek to revive the traditional Persian love sonnet by applying it to contemporary political and social issues.” Ekhtesari told AP that “both she and Mousavi, a trained doctor who teaches literature and poetry, escaped from Iran in recent days and made it to another country. She declined to elaborate out of continuing concerns about their safety.” However, many other artists and writers remain imprisoned. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that Iran is the world's third worst jailer of journalists behind China and Egypt.

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced
The NBCC has announced the finalists for its book awards in the categories of Autobiography, Biography, Criticism, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on March 17th. NBCC’s John Leonard Prize will go to Kirstin Valdez Quade for Night at the Fiestas and its Nona Balakian Citation For Excellence in Reviewing to Carlos Lozada. Wendell Berry will also be honored with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
Propose an Event for #AWP17 in Washington, DC
In mid-March, AWP will welcome proposals for the 2017 conference in Washington, DC to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization. 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. The deadline for proposal submission is Sunday, May 1, 2016. More details including the updated proposal handbook will be available soon on our 2017 Event Proposals & Acceptances page.
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February 1: Writer's Chronicle reading period begins

February 3: #AWP16Reg tweet chat about conference registration

February 12: Deadline for #AWP16 conference preregistration

February 16: #AWPWCC tweet chat about writers' conferences, centers, retreats, festivals, and residencies

February 29: AWP Award Series submission deadline