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Nominations Open for AWP Small Press Publisher Award

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The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Small Press Publisher Award is open for nominations through September 15:

This is an annual prize that recognizes the important role that nonprofit presses and literary journals 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.

Throughout the year, we’ve been highlighting North Carolina-based publishers on our White Cross School blog: why not nominate one of them?

The winner receives a $2,000 honoarium; a complimentary exhibit booth and two complimentrary registrations for a future AWP conference.

It’s an odd-numbered award year (2019), which means this award will go to a publisher. (In even years, the award goes to a literary journal.)

The nomination guidelines are extensive; read all about it, here.

The basic criteria?

The AWP Small Press Publisher Award is for presses or journals that have consistently demonstrated excellence in the following: quality and discernment in curatorship of published work; quality of content; quality of editing; and skill and innovation in design. Nominees will be committed to nurturing the talents of their published authors, supporting their literary communities, and actively engaging in consistent and effective public engagement and outreach.

Nominate a worthy small press here!