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Upload Your #AWP21 Event Outline
#AWP21 accepted event organizers and/or moderators! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to upload an outline of your accepted event in the Event Management page of your AWP account. For the 2021 conference, event outlines are mandatory and must be uploaded by Friday, December 11. If you have any questions about uploading your event outline, please email for assistance.
Writer’s News
Center for Fiction announces new Susan Kamil Award for Emerging Writers. The award honors the late editor Susan Kamil, the former Executive VP and Random House imprint publisher who died September 8, 2019. The new prize will support Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writer Fellowship Program, which provides grants and services to up to nine writers each year. 
#AWP21 Will Be Fully Virtual this March!
We are excited to announce that #AWP21 will be fully virtual this March. The AWP Conference & Bookfair has always been a place of connection, reunion, and celebration, and we hope to offer the same experience in a new way this year. We are currently working with Kansas City, MO to move the in-person conference to a future year and we will announce more information in the coming weeks. We look forward to rescheduling with Kansas City and celebrating the region and Kansas City’s literary community once it’s safe for us all to be together again.
Request Accessibility Services for #AWP21 Events
If you need accessibility services to participate in your #AWP21 event recording, please see our Accessibility Services webpage and contact Colleen Cable at with requests or questions. All video content will be captioned post-recording.
A Warm Thanks to the Edouard Foundation
AWP’s conference team is pleased to announce it was awarded $3,500 by the Edouard Foundation for community projects at the #AWP21 conference including our High School Day, Community Scholarship Program, and annual conference service project, #WritersServe. Thanks to the Edouard Foundation and our other generous donors for supporting AWP in the virtual space. We look forward to seeing you at #AWP21!
Schedule Your #AWP21 Prerecording Session
#AWP21 accepted event organizers! If you have not done so already, please be sure to select a date and time for you and your presenters to prerecord your conference event with the assistance of an AWP staff member. You can find the link to the #AWP21 Prerecording Schedule in the email you received with the subject line “Schedule Your #AWP21 Event Recording Session.” The deadline to schedule your prerecording session is Thursday, November 12, 2020. If you have any trouble finding this email or selecting a prerecording session, please email for assistance.
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: If you wrote a book about your life, what would you title it?

Some of the answers we received:

@christopher_gabriel_writes: "Shattered Facade" and it's in the works

@s_muladvm: Resurrecting Rabbits

@oswaldperez85: On My Own Two Feet

@staci_of_all_trades: "That Was So Much Harder Than I Thought It'd Be!"

@jill_christman: Darkroom.

@jennaglov: I'd ask @lisagoes007 to title it for me because she is the best when it comes to memoir titles.

Kathleen Lavey: “Oh, Hell no!”

Scott Slaughter: Boredom Maximus

Robert D. Gosselin: Sometimes the Tide Comes in Late

Miyr Riba: The universe and me.....

Follow AWP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
What's That Image?
Conference attendee placing a lanyard on another fellow attendee at #AWP19 in Portland. 
November 12: Deadline to schedule your #AWP21 prerecording session

November 27: Deadline to reserve ads for the February issue of The Writer's Chronicle

December 4: Intro Journals Project deadline

December 15: AWP Community Scholarship Program deadline


Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program offers concentrations in CNF, Fiction, and Poetry, as well as dual-concentrations.

Program type:
Full-time residential but currently online.

Application deadlines:
Applications for Fall 2021 are currently being accepted. Priority deadline is December 10, and final deadline is January 31.


The Saint Mary’s MFA in Creative Writing is committed to maintaining an inclusive community built upon diversity. We welcome all styles of writing and emphasize a craft-oriented approach, with writing workshops that cultivate a space where writers can take artistic risks and all participants are valued.

Student aid offered:
Partial-tuition scholarships, as well as fellowships in teaching, publishing/ editorial, and community engagement.

The Writing Seminars have a BA and MFA in creative writing.
Program type:
Residential (currently online)
Application deadlines:
Apply online for either the MFA in Fiction or the MFA in Poetry by December 15.


Founded in 1947, the Writing Seminars is the second-oldest creative writing program in the United States. The department is celebrated for the quality of its faculty and its small classes.

Student aid offered:
Full tuition, health insurance, and a generous teaching fellowship (currently $30,500).