AWP Small Press Publisher Award

AWP’s Small Press Publisher Award is an annual prize for nonprofit presses and literary journals that recognizes the important role such organizations play in publishing creative works and introducing new authors to the reading public. The award acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation of these presses and journals, and honors their contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work.

The award includes a $2,000 honorarium and a complimentary exhibit booth, including two complimentary conference registrations, at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in the year following the recipient’s recognition. In even years, the award is given to a journal, and, in odd years, to a press.

Winner of the 2020 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

Birmingham Poetry Review

Birmingham Poetry Review, founded in 1987 and published out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is a 250–300-page annual journal devoted to publishing poetry and poetry translations by established, emerging, and previously unpublished poets, essays on craft, and reviews of poetry collections. In addition, we feature an internationally acclaimed poet in every issue, including a new suite of poems by the poet, an interview with the poet, and an essay written on the poet’s body of work.


Cathy Linh Che, Kundiman
Jehanne Dubrow, American Literary Review
Ruben Quesada, AGNI

A special thank you to our 2020 judges for their contributions to this year’s Small Press Publisher Award!


Letters of nomination are accepted each year between August 1 and September 30. All nominations should be in PDF format and submitted through AWP's Submittable portal. Postal submissions will not be considered.

To nominate a candidate for the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, please consult our award guidelines.

Should you need assistance with processing your nomination please feel free to contact Aubrey Kamppila, Conference Events Coordinator, by emailing

List of Winners

See a list of previous award winners and finalists.