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Apply Now for the #AWP23 Conference Community Scholarship

The #AWP23 Conference Community Scholarship Program aims to increase access to the annual conference and bookfair. While all are welcome, AWP encourages those who identify as people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+, and/or low-income to apply. Membership is not required. Apply here! Want to help your fellow writers? Consider donating to the Community Scholarship Fund.
Oct 31: AWP HBCU Fellowship Program faculty applications close

Oct 31: George Garrett Award submission deadline

Dec 8: Deadline to apply for the #AWP23 Conference Community Scholarship

Dec 8: Deadline to apply to exhibit at the Saturday Community Bookfair
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Congratulations to the Winner and Finalist of the Award Series Prize for the Novel

Parul Kapur Hinzen has won the 2022 AWP Prize for the Novel for her manuscript Inside the Mirror. Brandon Hobson was the judge, and the University of Nebraska Press will publish this book. Kevin Prufer is the finalist for his manuscript SLEEPERS. To read more about the AWP Award Series, please visit the AWP Award Series page of our website. 
Parul Kapur Hinzen, AWP Prize for the Novel Winner

Apply Now to Exhibit at the Saturday Community Bookfair

AWP values the small presses and organizations that contribute to an inclusive and dynamic literary community. To support these organizations in the conference host city, AWP is pleased to offer the Saturday Community Bookfair. This opportunity includes a free one-day exhibit space on Saturday, March 11, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT. If your organization grosses less than $20,000 per fiscal year, is a registered nonprofit, and is local to the Seattle, Washington area, we invite you to join us! One Saturday-only registration is included with each exhibit space. If you require additional registrations, they are available for purchase. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is December 8, 2022. AWP will notify you about whether your application is accepted by early January 2023. Apply now!

Submit Small Press Publisher and George Garrett Award Nominations

Nominations for the AWP 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.
Nominations for the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature close Monday, October 31. Please submit any letters of nomination through AWP's Submittable portal. More information about this award can be found on the George Garrett Award page on the AWP website. 

Apply for the AWP HBCU Fellowship Program by October 31

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There's just a little under a month before faculty applications for the AWP HBCU Fellowship Program close on October 31! Creative writing HBCU faculty are encouraged to apply for a chance to travel to #AWP23 in Seattle, Washington, where they will collaborate with award-winning author A.J. Verdelle and mentor HBCU student fellows. Don't miss out on this opportunity, and if you know someone who could be a perfect fit for the program, pass this along!

Find Your Next Read 

Submit Your Work

Have you looked at our online Bookshelf lately? Here, we post recent and forthcoming books by AWP members. Check it out, then head over to our affiliate page to pick up a few! October releases include This Way Back by Joanna Eleftheriou, Nothing Special by Desiree Cooper & Bec Sloane, Saturnalia by Stephanie Feldman, Essentially by Richard Terrill, and The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan. Members, have a new book you'd like to promote? Let us know using our online form.
October brings new contests and calls for submission to our members-only Opportunities page! Check out the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, enter the WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, and if you're a Black writer, submit work to Lucky Jefferson's first print issue!

#QuestionTuesday AWP Asked: What do you love the most about your library?

Some of the answers we received on Twitter:
@lvn8690: All. The. Books.
@HelenLThorpe: The kickass librarians.
@TimHildebrand12: Kanopy!
@AugustWyld: We can check out 16 books at a time. During lockdown it was 42. I was in heaven.

Follow AWP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to look for a different question every Tuesday.
What do you love the most about your library?
Upcoming Events to Add to Your Calendar
All events are listed in ET.
Saturday, October 8
5:30–6:30 p.m.— Tis the season! Weeknight Writers Group presents Gothic, Cosmic, Apocalyptic: Understanding Subgenres of Horror.
Thursday, October 13
7 p.m.— White Whale Bookstore presents Poetry Reading & Conversation Featuring Paul Hlava Ceballos & Jenny Xie.
Monday, October 17
1:30–2:30 p.m.— Celebrate Emily Ogden’s latest publication On Not Knowing: How to Love and Other Essays.
Tuesday, October 18
1:30–2:30 p.m.— Check out the Online Translated Literature Book Club to find fascinating reads from around the globe!

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