George Saunders in Virtual Reality
Saunders's new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is getting a Virtual Reality companion, according to Publishers Weekly. The ten-minute film is available through the New York Times' NYT VR app. You can also view it online.
2017 PEN Literary Awards
Many of the 2017 winners of the PEN Literary Awards were announced on February 22. Winners included Guernica, for the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing. Guernica received AWP's 2016 Small Press Publisher Award. Winners for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, PEN/Nabokov Award, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award will be announced live at the 2017 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony hosted by Aasif Mandvi on March 27 at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium in New York City.
|Do You Write Under a Nom de Plum?
Learn what the outing of Elena Ferrante's identity means for you as a writer with a pseudonym. In the Writer's Notebook, AWP's legal counselor Ronald Goldfarb discusses the Ferrante case and what authors should expect in keeping their identities private. "Can figures who work in the public arena, as writers do, control the public’s desire to know whose work they are reading?"
|Get to Know Our Spring 2017 Writer to Writer Mentees
The sixth season of the Writer to Writer Mentorship Program is now underway with our largest group of mentors and mentees to date! The twenty-six mentees selected to participate were chosen from nearly 400 mentee applications we had received. Mentors volunteer their time and mentees participate for free. We thank our members for continuing to support this extraordinary program with their talents, time, and energy. Applications for the Fall 2017 season will be accepted via Submittable August 1–12.
|Submit Your Undergraduate Literary Magazine
The deadline to submit undergraduate literary magazines for the National Program Directors' Prize is March 15! Instituted by the directors of AWP’s member programs, two prizes for undergraduate literary magazines are awarded annually to outstanding journals in the categories of content and design. Each winning magazine receives a $1,000 cash award. The winners are announced in the Writer's Chronicle and in other media, and the winning magazines are acknowledged at AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair the following year.
|What Would Be Your Dream Writers' Conference?
The WC&C Scholarship Competition is accepting submissions through March 30 in three genres, as judged by francine j. harris for poetry, Brian Oliu for creative nonfiction, and Naomi Williams for fiction. The $500 prize money can be applied to attendance at any of the 150+ writers' conferences, centers, festivals, retreats, or residencies in our WC&C Directory. Where would you attend? Join us for a tweet chat on March 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn more about these diverse programs in the US and internationally. Follow along using #AWPWCC.
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What did you buy at the #AWP17 bookfair this year?
Some of the answers we received:
Steph Maniaci Vernon: 13 lbs. of books and journals! Some of the highlights include Unmentionables by Beth Ann Fennelly, Rough Honey by Melissa Stein, Posthumous Keats by Stanley Plumly, and a subscription to Poetry Magazine
Marisa PC: @bonniearning's Escape Velocity, Alex @alexdimitrov's new poems, University of Hell t-shirt, a $9 sandwich
Michael Wells: CD Wrights - Rising Falling Hovering. Heather Derr Smith's The Bride Minerat, Czar - Bidding Robinson
Lisa Stice: Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill; Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands edited by Teresa Mei Chuc; Phantom Noise by Brian Turner; The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded by Molly McCully Brown; The Secret Room by Kazim Ali; Life's Good, Brother by Nazim Hikmet; Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams
Joe Blend: Three handmade books of poetry (from @RabCatPress, @ForkliftOhio, and the Poetry Society of America)
Anna Gazmarian Meter: everything at the seneca review booth. NO REGRETS.
BlueMarbleReview: @Mizna_ArabArt anthology,copy of The Sun and Carve Mag, The Babysitter at Rest (Jen George) The Writer's Notebook @Tin_House
Nicole Byrne: According to my bank account, everything
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|AWP Spotlight on Vidhu Aggarwal!
“I think we are in a moment in US poetics where there is profusion of differing aesthetics thanks to the emergence of innovative small presses… I'm astounded by the possibilities of wild, engrossing, passionate work.” Our March 2017 #AWPSPOTLIGHT member is Vidhu Aggarwal, Associate Professor at Rollins University and author of the poetry collection The Trouble with Humpadori. Visit In the Spotlight to learn more about Vidhu today!
|Thank You, Sponsors of #AWP17!
We appreciate the support of all our sponsors for #AWP17 in Washington, DC. It was another outstanding conference, and sponsorship contributes so much to that success. Sponsorship also helps AWP provide free or subsidized registrations to approximately 2,500 creative writing students, and feature readings, panels, and discussions by some of contemporary literature’s most esteemed and celebrated authors.
|What's that Image?
This image of an anonymous writer with her face blurred was created for the Writer's Notebook blog article "About Authorial Identity."
|March 15: National Program Directors' Prize submission deadline
March 16: #AWPWCC tweet chat at 3:00 p.m. ET
March 30: WC&C Scholarship Competition deadline