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Learn More About the AWP HBCU Fellowship Program

In an effort to uplift Black writers and HBCU writing programs, we are excited to announce the AWP HBCU Fellowship Program, which kicks off at #AWP23 in Seattle, Washington! Two faculty fellows will be selected to mentor students and work with A.J. Verdelle, an award-winning novelist and HBCU professor. Applications are now open!
October 15: George Garrett Award nominations close

October 28: Small Press Publisher Award nominations close

October 31: AWP HBCU Fellowship Program faculty applications close
Find out more about part-time adult learning courses in creative writing at The University of Oxford—from short online courses to graduate study.

George Garrett Award Nominations Are Now Open!

Do you know someone who has made extraordinary contributions to the literary community? Submit a nomination on their behalf for the 2023 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, to be awarded in Seattle during the conference.

Submit a Nomination for the Small Press Publisher Award

Submissions for the Small Press Publisher Award are open! At #AWP23, a press will be recognized for their contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work. The deadline to submit a letter of nomination for a press you admire is Friday, October 28. For more information on this award, please visit the Small Press Publisher Award page of the AWP website.

Pick Up a New Book by an AWP Member

Have you checked out our online Bookshelf recently? We list new and forthcoming books by AWP members. Most books listed are also available for purchase on our affiliate page. September releases include Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc. by Ash Bishop, IF I SURVIVE YOU by Jonathan Escoffery, Water Signs by Liz Kellebrew, The Lost Women of Azalea Court by Ellen Meeropol, and Dreams Under Glass by Anca L. Szilágyi. Have a book coming out soon? Members can promote their new releases for free by filling out our online submission form.

Book Your #AWP23 Conference Hotel

The Seattle skyline on a maroon background. Seattle #AWP23
Hotel & Travel information is now open for all registered #AWP23 attendees! Register for #AWP23 and book your hotel early as conference hotels tend to sell out quickly. If you have any questions, please email for assistance.

Check Out Our New Page for Writing Instructors

Looking for resources to help guide your pedagogy this semester? Head over to our brand new Teaching Tools page, where we have collected books, articles, podcasts, and other resources for teaching writing. This page is exclusive to AWP members.

Submit Your Work in September

September already?! Don't worry, the Opportunities page has you covered for the start of a new month! Check out the New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, the Booksie 2022 Short Story Contest, and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities like these!

AWP #QuestionTuesday: Who is your #1 supporter for your writing?

Who is your #1 Supporter for your writing?
Some of the answers we received on Facebook and Instagram:

Chris Russell: It used to be a poetry mentor and a friend/colleague from my MFA days. Both have passed away, sadly. But they still serve as primary emotional writing benefactors for me. I guess that also makes me my greatest supporter. Since what’s actually supportive for my writing is me remembering them.
Kimberly Manning Aker: My husband. Literally and figuratively.

@nikkitolman: Honestly, it depends on the story, but my overall greatest supporter is probably the same as it is for most... my mom! 😁

@marisarussellowrites: The #1 supporter of my writing is my husband, without whom I would never have accomplished all that I have. ❤️ @jrussoteacher

Follow AWP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
Upcoming Events to Add to Your Calendar
Wednesday, September 7
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET— Dr. Hannah-Rose Murray will be hosting a Virtual Black American Literary Tour of London.
Thursday, September 8
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET— The Elling Eide Center presents Two Streams of Poetry in the Vietnamese Tradition with acclaimed author and professor John Balaban.
Thursday, September 15
7:00–8:00 p.m. ET — The New York State Writers Institute will be hosting an exciting online workshop titled Navigating TV as a Novelist: Breaking into Hollywood for Writers of Prose.
Tuesday, September 20
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET — Join the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore for their workshop Grant Writing 101.

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Award-winning novelist and HBCU professor A.J. Verdelle selected as the 2023 AWP HBCU Fellowship Creative Advisor
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