Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Award Series
Deadline: 
February 28, 2016

Two prizes of $5,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. In addition, two prizes of $2,500 each and publication by a participating press are given annually for a novel and a book of creative nonfiction. For the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages; Vijay Seshadri will judge, and University of Pittsburgh Press will publish the winning collection. For the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages; Amy Hempel will judge, and University of Massachusetts Press will publish the winning collection. For the AWP Prize for the Novel, submit a manuscript of at least 60,000 words; Karen Tei Yamashita will judge, and New Issues Poetry & Prose will publish the winning novel. For the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction, submit an essay collection or memoir of 150 to 300 pages; Michael Steinberg will judge, and University of Georgia Press will publish the winning book. The entry fee for each award is $30 ($20 for AWP members). Using the online submission system, submit manuscripts between January 1 and February 28. Send an SASE, call, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Award Series, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MSN 1E3, Fairfax, VA 22030. (703) 993-4301.