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is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike.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 2021 competition may be submitted from January 1 to February 28, 2021. We no longer accept submissions by post.
The Award Series defines “book-lenght” as:
— Poetry: 48 pages minimum text;
— Short story or creative nonfiction collection: 150-300 manuscript pages;
— Novel: at least 60,000 words.
Poems and stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion in submissions, but manuscripts previously published in their entirety, including self-published manuscripts, are not eligible.
There are four Prizes:
• The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
• The Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction
• The AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction
• The AWP Prize for the Novel
Donald Hall Prize for Poetry: $5,500 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press
• Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction: $5,500 and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press
• AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction: $2,500 and publication by the University of Georgia Press
• AWP Prize for the Novel: $2,500 and publication by New Issues Press
Entry fees:- $30 for nonmembers and $20 for AWP members