George Garrett Award

  • Bachelor, Master, Phd
  • up to
  • 31 October 2022

Contemporary literature and AWP have benefited from the efforts of many teachers, writers, editors, and administrators who have done their utmost to help the next generation of writers find their way as artists and as literary professionals. In bestowing the annual George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, AWP recognizes a few of those individuals who have made notable donations of care, time, labor, and money to support writers and their literary accomplishments.


The award will be given to a living individual who has demonstrated exceptional generosity and Service to writers by excellent work in one or more of the following activities: • Teaching creative writing and literature • Serving as a mentor, supporter, or guide to writers • Publishing or editing literature, especially works by emerging talents • Building new resources that benefit writers (reading series, presses, awards, endowments, fellowships, stipends, programs, community centers, foundations, etc.) • Administering to programs or institutions that benefit writers or that expand audiences for contemporary authors • Working generally to make North America a more supportive place for contemporary literature and its makers To receive the award, the recipient must be willing to travel to the AWP Annual Conference

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The award includes a $2,000 honorarium, in addition to travel, accommodations, and registration to attend AWP's annual conference, where the award is publicly announced and conferred.


Letters of nomination are accepted each year between September 1 and October 31 and should be submitted via AWP’s Submittable portal.

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