|Submit to the Award Series—the Window is Closing!
You could join the ranks of our celebrated AWP Award Series winners. Submit your creative nonfiction, novel, poetry, and short fiction by February 29. Remember: submission fees are discounted 33% for AWP members like you.
|Read Our 2015 Annual Report
AWP wishes to thank all of our donors, sponsors, literary partners, and other supporters for making 2015 an extremely successful year in our service to literature, authors, teachers, and students. View our accomplishments over the past year as we head into our 49th year of serving the literary community. Thank you!
|Featured This Month
Every month, we feature new members, articles, and podcasts on the main page of our website. This month we are featuring "Writing for Free" by Robin Hemley from the May/Summer 2012 Writer's Chronicle. The featured blog post is “How to Start an MFA Program from Scratch: Opening the Doors,” part three in a three-part series by Christopher Coake, and the featured podcast is Episode 103: From Rent Parties to Kickstarter: Toward a Democratic Patronage of Poetry from #AWP15, featuring Colleen Robertson Abel, Millicent Accardi, Marty McConnell, Eileen Myles, and Rita Mae Reese.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What's your favorite thing to read during a snow day?
Some of the answers we received:
Sheila Morrissey: My Cousin Rachel a classic
Jueletta Elizabeth Charles: Psychological thrillers, because I'm kind of twisted like that....
Khaled Kdous: Snow days are the time to read books that have nothing to do with my Thesis or my professional development! Just started Jack Gantos’ memoir about how he was a prisoner before he was a writer
Debra Benjamin: happy endings...they are like comfort food..
Juniper Creek Editing & Literary Services: Everything!
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Resolutions In the Spotlight
This month, AWP In the Spotlight features an essay by Traci Brimhall, an author and teacher who has resolved to make 2016 her year of helping other poets. Read more about Traci’s resolution and tell AWP about your own work for your community today!
|Have You Dreamed of Attending a Writers' Conference?
To help get you there, we hope you'll consider submitting to the WC&C Scholarship Competition, where your $500 prize money can go toward attendance at over 150 writers' conferences, centers, festivals, retreats, and residencies in our Directory of Conferences & Centers. Find out more about these programs and the scholarship on February 16 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter. Use #AWPWCC to follow and join the chat.
|Listen to an AWP Podcast Episode
Over 100 recordings of events from the annual AWP Conference & Bookfair are available for your listening pleasure! Check out some of these podcasts you may have missed in the last few weeks:
Episode 114: "How to Teach Literary Magazines in the Classroom and Why." A panel of university level writing and publishing teachers discuss how to incorporate literary magazines into their curriculum.
Episode 113: "How to Begin After "The End": Publishing Pros on Turning Your Manuscript into a Book." Editors and agents give advice on navigating the path to publication in the #AWP15 panel.
Episode 112: "Make it New(s): A Reading and Conversation with Jeffrey Brown, Ted Kooser, and Connie Wanek." Hear a reading by Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser and Minnesota poet Connie Wanek in this featured event sponsored by Copper Canyon Press.
Episode 111: "The Sonnet: Not Just for Men in Tights." Writers, teachers, and admirers of the sonnet challenge your preconceptions about the poetic form in this pedagogy panel.
|#AWP16 Featured Presenter Q&As
In anticipation of the upcoming 2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Los Angeles, AWP is now releasing exclusive Q&As with our featured presenters. Q&As are posted on AWP's website and Facebook and Twitter accounts every Monday and Friday. Get the inside scoop on on what to do in the city from LA resident and author, Leslie Jamison. Find out what award-winning poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths has been reading, or what events novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman is most looking forward to attending at #AWP16.
New Editor for Harper's Magazine Fired After Three Months
The New York Times reported that John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper's magazine, has dismissed its editor, Christopher Cox, after only a three-month tenure. Mr. Cox said he was fired due to “editorial differences with the publisher.” He declined to elaborate. The NYT suggested the dismissal had to do with plans to redesign the magazine's cover. The prior editor, Ellen Rosenbush, has returned as interim editor-in-chief.
War Zone Library
Buzzfeed reported that Syrian rebels in the town of Daraya, a Damascus suburb, have amassed a 15,000-volume library for the rebels and the citizens still living in the war-torn city. "Volunteers reach out to book collection owners and gather the books from abandoned apartments. Daraya is a war zone, and doors of apartments are blown open. When possible, they grab the books and mark them with the names of the owners, or call relatives and seek permission." The salvaged library remains open regularly as long as bombing permits. One of the library's co-founders, Abu el-Izz, told BuzzFeed the reason for building the library: “If we have an educated generation, then we’ll achieve what we’ve been working towards. If we have an ignorant generation, then there’s no point for what we’ve been doing.”
|Take a Trip Back in Time
Photo albums for #AWP13 in Boston, #AWP14 in Seattle, and #AWP15 in Minneapolis are now available in the Conference Archives and Photo Albums section. Check out the events and people who made each of our conferences special. Who knows—you might even be in a photo!
|Are You Reading This?
Thanks for making it to the end! We hope you are enjoying the AWP Enewsletter. Have you noticed our new sections like Writer's News and Join the Discussion? Do you like receiving enewsletters twice a month instead of one giant one at the beginning of each month? Is there something you think we should include? We welcome your feedback and suggestions about the AWP Enewsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering where you've seen this enewsletter's header image before? Our design editor created it for the October Writer's Notebook piece "Making the Lonely a Little More Bearable": An Interview with Mr. Bear, Literary Podcaster Extraordinaire by Kathleen Rooney.
|February 16: #AWPWCC tweet chat about writers' conferences and centers
February 29: Deadline for submissions to the AWP Award Series
March 1: AWP's second #MFAChat tweet chat about choosing the writing program that's best for you
March 4: Deadline to reserve an ad in the May/Summer Writer's Chronicle
March 14: Last day to submit an offsite event listing
March 15: Deadline for submissions to the National Program Director's Prize