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Check Out the #AWP21 Preview
We’re nearly one week away from #AWP21! For a sneak peek of what the conference will look like this year, check out the #AWP21 Conference & Bookfair preview and get excited to watch panel discussions and readings, visit exhibitors, and meet fellow writers, all from wherever you are in the world. If you haven’t already, register today to join us
March 3-7, 2021!

Log On to the #AWP21 Virtual Conference Platform
If you have already registered for #AWP21, you can now access the virtual #AWP21 conference platform to fill out your profile, build your personal event schedule, schedule meetings, and get comfortable navigating the platform before the conference begins! To get onto the virtual conference platform, go to AWP's Pathable login page and enter the information associated with your AWP user account and your registration. If you have any trouble with this process, please email for assistance.
Check Out the Full #AWP21 Schedule
We are excited to release the #AWP21 conference schedule, which presents five days of literary programming, discussions, resources, and more! Visit the Conference Schedule page to see the schedule at a glance, find out more about how events and Q&As will work in the virtual setting, learn how registered attendees will be able to make a personal schedule, and more. If you have any questions about the conference schedule, please email for assistance.
Writer’s News
San Antonio poet Naomi Shihab Nye has received the Ivan Sandroff Lifetime Achievement Award from National Book Critics Circle. The award is "given to a person or institution—a writer, publisher, critic, or editor, among others—who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture." Previous recipients include Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, and Joyce Carol Oates. Nye’s newest poetry collection, Castaway: Poems for our Time, was just released on February 11.
AWP Award Series
Submissions for the AWP Award Series are now open! Submit your manuscripts for the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the AWP Prize for the Novel, and the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Winners receive a cash prize from AWP and publication. Entries may be submitted through February 28. 
There's Still Time—Get Your #AWP21 T-shirt or Tumbler
Thanks to supporters, we're more than halfway to our 2021 goal of raising $3,000 for AWP's Writer to Writer and Kurt Brown Prizes programs, but we still need your help! Check out our two great designs, and buy your T-shirt or tumbler before March 31.
Check Out the #AWP21 Attendee Guide
#AWP21 attendees! To help you familiarize yourself with the conference format, please review the #AWP21 Attendee Guide. In this guide, you will find technical specifications for enjoying the conference, general guidelines for interacting on the platform, and an overview of what to expect. If you have any questions, please email
Browse #AWP21 Reading Lists on
Adding to your reading list before #AWP21 begins? Visit AWP’s page to browse lists of incredible books written by #AWP21 featured presenters, conference event presenters, and bookfair exhibitors!
AWP Spotlight Interview with Tom Lutz and Nanda Dyssou
"But we literary types are like the ants or the bees—part of a long line doing the work of the colony—and in aggregate, we add something. It doesn’t matter if today’s task is earth-shattering or today’s piece of prose has a discernible impact." —Thoughts from Tom Lutz during his interview with Nanda Dyssou.

Read the full interview featured as our February #AWPSPOTLIGHT online! 
Request #AWP21 Accessibility Services
If you have questions about conference accessibility or require an accommodation, please visit our Accessibility Services page or email Colleen Cable at for assistance. Although the deadline to request accessibility services has now passed, AWP will make every effort to accommodate requests that arrive after the deadline.
A Shout-Out to Our #AWP21 Conference Scholarship Program Sponsors and Donors
AWP’s Conference Scholarship Program provides scholarships to writers from marginalized communities to attend the AWP Conference & Bookfair. This year we will give over ninety full scholarships. A warm thanks to #AWP21 Conference Scholarship Program Sponsors: St. Martin’s Press-Macmillan Publishers, Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management, and Mimi Herman of Writeaways. We also thank these generous scholarship donors: Michelle Aielli, Michaela Anchan, Mo Baldwin, Sarah Beauchemin, DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld, Julie Bennett-Lefkow, Kris Bigalk, Liz Blood, Bonnie Bless Boenish, Liz Blood, Justin Bodnar, Colleen Cable, Ted Chiang, Kim Chinquee, Jill Christman, Ryan Clark, Bonnie Culver, Lucille Lang Day, Cara Diaconoff, D.L. Diener, Katherine Freeman, V. Hansman, Shadab Z. Hashmi, Doley Henderson, May Kuroiwa, Meta L. Levin, Brian Leung, Melissa Manlove, Ethelbert Miller, William Miller, Nerissa Nields, Caitlin O’Shaughnessy, Alicia Ostriker, Elise Paschen, Nathaniel Popkin, Hilda Raz, Madeleine Remi, Richard Robbins, Robin Schauffler, Jaimie Leigh Teiser, Martha Toll, Adrian Tristan, Irene Turner, Stephanie Vanderslice, Lesley Wheeler, and Cheryl Woodruff. We couldn’t do it without you!
Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What was your favorite book to read while you were growing up?

Some of the answers we received:

@colourfulpoet: The Secret Garden

@ecsspears: A Wrinkle in Time

@thegoodlisteningproject: The Phantom Tollbooth!

@manilabookgirl: The Nancy Drew series!❤️

@CherylAHunter4: I remember reading Little Wind when I was young. It is long out of print, and I purchased it while wandering the Book Barn with my father.

@kathdriskell: The Boxcar Children. I loved that kids could make a real home for each other.

@HtFiction: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

@batsforashes: In my preliterate life, there were many books that I would look at the pictures of, but A Bad Case of Stripes was the book that I was most excited to read for real once I started learning how to read.

@JeanettetheWrtr: Anything from the Redwall series by Brian Jacques

@asaraviapt: Any book that was part of the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary.

Kelly Bowers: Um, just one??

AWP also asked: #AWP21 is almost here! What is your favorite conference memory?

Some of the answers we received:

@marisarussellowrites: Seeing writer friends and also the photo booth!

@SabbaticalHomes: To #AWP21, our favorite conference memory is meeting inspiring poets who take the long view on life. Their kind souls have influenced us @sabbaticalhomes since we attended our last live @awpwriter conference. #AcademicTwitter #Academiclife

Tamara Fox: The sound of Benjamin Percy’s voice when he reads aloud 😊

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Colorful background with dots and lines, a preview of the #AWP21 virtual conference platform home page, and a screenshot of an #AWP21 recording with Jennifer Popa, Maggie Smith (she/her), Ada Limón, Victoria Change, and Paul Guest.