AWP Association of Writers & Writing Programs

The 2015 Conference will be held in Minnesota

North America’s
Largest Literary
Conference   Minneapolis Convention Center & Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Contests & Awards

AWP sponsors six contests, and also provides an extensive listing of literary grants, awards, and publication opportunities available from organizations and publishers throughout North America. Our own contests include the AWP Award Series, the George Garrett Award, the Small Press Publisher Award, the Intro Journals Project, the WC&C Scholarship Competition, and the National Program Directors’ Prize.

The Cultural Scene in the Twin Cities
Minneapolis is home to some of the most outstanding literary
presses, including Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed
Editions. We also encourage attendees to visit Open Book, which
houses one of the country’s premier writers’ centers, The Loft
Literary Center, as well as the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and
Milkweed Editions. Open Book is located a short distance from the
convention center. Be sure to visit Magers and Quinn or Birchbark
Books for your Twin Cities’ independent bookstore needs. We also
recommend attendees take time to visit the Minneapolis Institute
of Art and the Walker Art Center, or take in a show at the Guthrie
Theater, Hennepin Theater Trust, First Avenue, or the Minnesota
Orchestra. Take a short trip to St. Paul, the birthplace of F. Scott
Fitzgerald, to see his statue in Rice Park, and shop at Common
Good Books and Micawber’s Books. A complete list of offsite events
happening during the conference can be found on the 2015
Conference Schedule on the AWP website.
Visit the Meet Minneapolis website for more information regarding
Arts and Entertainment, attractions, and dining in the Twin Cities;
and check out this list of ‘150 Things to do in Minneapolis’.


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