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Secure Your Space at the #AWP15 Bookfair
Over 200 previous conference exhibitors have already secured space at the Minneapolis bookfair. The system is now open to all exhibitors, and sales will be ongoing until the bookfair sells out. Don't wait to secure your exhibit space and reach over 12,000 literary enthusiasts at the most popular independent bookfair in the country.
Plan Ahead for #AWP15
Watch our website and follow us on social media for upcoming announcements about the #AWP15 Conference & Bookfair, including notices about featured presenters and accepted events. Conference registration will open and accepted events will be announced on August 1.
Undergraduate Literary Magazines Honored
AWP has awarded its National Program Directors' Prize to two undergraduate literary magazines. Catch, from Knox College, was selected by John H. Fleming of the University of South Florida to receive the award for content. Totem, from Gannon University, was selected for the second year in a row to receive the award for design, selected this year by Maureen Lauran of George Mason University. Each winning magazine received $1,000.
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 membership in AWP 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 Your Favorite Press for the Small Press Publisher Award
Are you a fan of an innovative, creative, and industry-leading literary press? Nominate the press 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 the #AWP16 Conference & Bookfair in Los Angeles. Submit a PDF letter of nomination to bookfair@awpwriter.org between August 1 and September 15.
Making It Work: Writers Finding Careers
From teaching to technical writing, editing to copywriting, and administration to information services, writers make their degrees work for their families, their writing, and, of course, financial satisfaction. Read Dave Essinger's career advice article on how writers make careers (and still work on their writing). You have the skills, and employers want you.
Steve Almond at the Writer's Notebook
In "Consider the Digital Disruption," Steve Almond explores how writers make poor partners with technology (and why that's just fine for writing). And in his latest piece, "How to Open," he addresses what's wrong with your first line and how you can make it better, plus he shares his personal favorite openings.
Listen to Chris Abani and Chang-rae Lee
Missed the conference in Seattle? Want to reminisce about the fantastic events? Well, today you can! AWP has posted the first podcast from the 2014 Conference & Bookfair in Seattle. Listen to Chris Abani, author of numerous works of prose and poetry, and Chang-rae Lee, author of the novels Native Speaker and The Surrendered, read from their award-winning work, followed by a discussion moderated by Steph Opitz, the literary director of the Texas Book Festival. The event was sponsored by the University of Washington Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. Check back every week for new podcast episodes.
Read the Writer's News
Anne Carson, Charles Wright, Brenda Hillman, and Eimear McBride received high honors last month—brand new (beautiful) poems by Neruda were discovered—and a new start-up intends to double (or triple) your reading speed, without affecting your comprehension—all this, and more, at the Writer's News!
Follow AWP on Pinterest!
AWP now has several Pinterest boards you can follow for AWP photos and other images. Pin some books to your own summer reading board, share our Writer's Notebook posts on your writing advice board, and follow our growing #AWP15 board in anticipation for Conference & Bookfair in Minneapolis.
Become a Sponsor for #AWP15
Sponsorship opportunites for #AWP15 Conference & Bookfair in Minneapolis are still available. Promote your program, writing center, or literary organization in a comprehensive and low-cost way. Forty-five organizations have already pledged. Join them today to recieve great benefits to increase your profile, including bookfair exhibit space, registrations, and conference program advertising. Visit our website and download the sponsorship kit to learn more about sponsorship, the bookfair, and advertising or contact our Director of Development, Pamela Mills.
Missed an E-Newsletter?
An archive of monthly e-newsletters to members is now available on our website. Re-read the news any time from the web or share it with friends and fellow writers.
The September Writer’s Chronicle is Coming Soon!
Our upcoming issue features interviews with writer Philip Gerard and poet Xu Xi, poetry craft and appreciation essays regarding the work of Ai and Stanley Kunitz, essays on how to research and reflect in your prose, and more. Essayists, creative nonfiction and fiction writers, and poets: there’s something for all of you! Plus, the Writer’s News section will get you caught up on all the literary news from the summer!
Want Your New Book Listed in the Writer’s Chronicle for Free?
AWP lists its members’ new books free-of-charge in each issue of the Chronicle. Send an email to bookshelf@awpwriter.org including the title, publisher, format, and price of your new book, and we’ll list it in an upcoming issue! And if you’re looking to do more in marketing your book, ask about advertising space and costs by writing to advertising@awpwriter.org.

July 3: Ad reservation deadline for the September issue of the Writer's Chronicle

July 9: Bookfair exhibit sales open to all organizations

August 1: Accepted events announced

August 1: Conference registration opens

August 1: Nominations accepted for the George Garrett Award

August 1: Nominations accepted for the Small Press Publisher Award