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Take us on a "Campus Visit": Submit a Short Video About Life in Your Writing Program
Our online Guide to Writing Programs provides great data on what programs have to offer, but we also want to help share students' perspectives about what is unique about their programs. This fall, AWP will start a new online series called "Campus Visit," featuring short videos about life in our student members' creative writing programs. Videos should be no longer than three minutes and should strive to provide the kind of info or advice that you wish you'd known before enrolling. What surprised you? What was not an expectation but you have since found invaluable? Submit videos in any format to awp@awpwriter.org and be sure to include your name and the name of your program. Entries are welcome now through October 15, 2014.
Register for #AWP14 Minneapolis
Registration for #AWP15 is now open! Take advantage of our lowest rates by registering during our early bird-period, which runs until October 30. Preregistration will be open through January 22. After that date, you may register online using our new will-call option, though not at a reduced pregistration rate. The conference hotel block at Hilton Minneapoilis will open August 15; visit our hotel and travel page for updates.
Apply for AWP's Mentorship Program
This fall, AWP will be launching our first-ever mentorship program, Writer to Writer. Applications are open now. AWP mentors will agree to serve for three months and be paired with a writer just starting out. We will provide the structure, with a series of six modules that the mentors and mentees can work through at their own pace. While the program is free and application open to all members, we particularly encourage two underserved segments of our membership to apply—those writers who have never been associated with an MFA program and those writing from regions, backgrounds, and cultures that are generally underrepresented in the literary world. Prospective mentors should be members in good standing and have at least one published book. We are looking for mentors who will, above all, be supportive, responsive, informative, and receptive to learning from the experience themselves. There are a limited number of positions available for this pilot program, and applicants who are not paired with a mentor this fall can elect to have their applications considered again in the spring. Applications are open now through August 15, 2015.
Congratulations to our Latest AWP Award Series Winners!
Sarah Einstein's manuscript, Mot, A memoir, has been chosen as this year's AWP Award Series winner in Creative Nonfiction. John Phillip Santos was the judge.

Charles Boyer's manuscript, History's Child, was picked by judge Mary Gaitskill as the winner of the AWP Prize for the the Novel.

Susan Muaddi Darraj's Christmas in Palestine and Other Stories from Home won AWP's Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. Jaime Manrique was the judge.

The winner of the Donald Hall Prize for poetry is yet to be announced.
Become a Sponsor for #AWP15 in Minneapolis
Promote your program, writing center, or literary organization to over 12,000 attendees in a comprehensive and low-cost way by becoming a sponsor at the #AWP15 Conference & Bookfair. Over 50 organizations have already pledged. Join them today and receive great marketing benefits, bookfair exhibit space, complimentary registrations, and advertising in the conference program and Writer's Chronicle. Download the sponsorship kit to learn more about sponsorship, the bookfair, and advertising, or contact our development director, Pamela Mills.
Nominate an Outstanding Community Leader for the George Garrett Award
Do you know someone who has shown exceptional generosity to the next generation of writers? Nominate him or her for the 2015 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. The winner receives a lifetime AWP membership and a $2,000 honorarium, along with travel, accommodations, and registration to attend AWP's annual conference in Minneapolis, where the award will be publicly conferred. We welcome letters of nomination postmarked between August 1 and September 15.
Nominate a Literary Press for AWP's Small Press Publisher Award
Are you a fan of innovative, creative, and industry-leading literary publishers and presses? Nominate your favorite for AWP's Small Press Publisher Award. The award includes a $2,000 honorarium and a complimentary exhibit booth, including two complimentary conference registrations, at our annual conference in the year following the recipient's recognition. Submit a PDF letter of nomination to bookfair@awpwriter.org between August 1 and September 15.
#AWP15 Featured Presenters & Accepted Events Announced
Over 40 notable writers will participate as featured presenters at #AWP15 in Minneapolis. Watch for the release of the full conference schedule in October. View our list of accepted events to learn more about the dynamic readings and panels that will be presented in Minneapolis.
Secure Your Space at the #AWP15 Bookfair
Join the 350 exhibiting organizations that have secured space at the Minneapolis bookfair. The benefits of purchasing early are great exhibit locations, greatest marketing impressions, and advance planning time to capitalize on this opportunity to reach over 12,000 literary enthusiasts at the most popular independent bookfair in the country.
Reserve a Bookfair Stage Event
Reservations for the Adelphi University Bookfair Stages is open to confirmed exhibitors. Host your reading, celebration, and other literary event amid the bustle and excitement of one of the most popular areas of our conference. Reservations will open to nonexhibitors on September 15. And don't forget to like our AWP bookfair page on Facebook to receive exhibitor updates directly in your news feed.
Writer's Chronicle App
Watch out for the September 2014 issue of the Writer's Chronicle in the App Store. It has a new and improved look!
Nominate a Fellow Member for AWP's In the Spotlight
AWP is looking to spotlight members who are making exceptional contributions to the literary community. Selected members will be featured on AWP's In the Spotlight page, in our social media channels, and throughout the website. Nominate a member today!
Notice to Our Members
It has recently come to our attention that a third-party list seller has been advertising that they are selling the email addresses of our conference attendees. We want you to know that this is a scam; AWP does not and will never sell your email address. We have recently entered into a partnership with Americans for the Arts, and you will receive a notice from us later this summer asking if you would like to receive advocacy notices from them. They are the only association with whom we would ever share your email address; even then, we would not do so without your permission--you would need to "opt in" to get onto that email distribution list.

August 1: Registration for #AWP15 opens

August 15: #AWP15 hotel room block opens

August 15: Mentorship Program Applications Due

August 31: Deadline for submitting to the Writer's Chronicle

September 15: Deadline to submit nominations for the George Garrett Award

September 15: Deadline to submit nominations for the AWP Small Press Publisher Award