AWP Award Series

AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Entries for the 2020 competition may be submitted from January 1 to February 29, 2020. We no longer accept submissions by post.

Winners of the 2019 AWP Award Series

AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Megan Harlan Winner: Megan Harlan
Judge: Debra Monroe
Mobile Home, The University of Georgia Press
Finalist: Anne Panning, Walking Backwards


AWP Prize for the Novel

Robert Shuster Winner: Robert Shuster
Judge: Bonnie Jo Campbell
To Zenzi, New Issues Press
Finalists: Leah McCormack, Solve for N & Sharon Harrigan, Half

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

Joy Priest Winner: Joy Priest
Judge: Natasha D. Trethewey
Horsepower, University of Pittsburgh Press
Finalist: Chelsea DesAutels, Metastasis


The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

Cécile Barlier Winner: Cécile Barlier
Judge: Dan Chaon
A Gypsy's Book of Revelation, Red Hen Press
Finalists: Ruthvika Rao, Lady on the Tiger & Angela Buck, Masters and Servants

 

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AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction

The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers an award of $2,500 and publication by the University of Georgia Press.
2020 Judge: Alexander Chee

AWP Prize for the Novel

The AWP Prize for the Novel offers an award of $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press.
2020 Judge: Salvatore Scibona

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
2020 Judge: Claudia Rankine

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction

The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction offers an award of $5,500, supported by Amazon.com, and publication by Red Hen Press.
2020 Judge: Amina Gautier

List of Winners

See a list of previous AWP Award Series winners.