AWP 2021: March 3-7

Welcome / Calls for Submissions

Welcome to the virtual booth for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference for The Ohio State University Press and our literary imprint, Mad Creek Books. Mad Creek, publisher of the 2020 National Book Award finalist How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, is a home for artistic, daring, and innovative literary books from writers from all experiences and backgrounds, with the goal of representing the true diversity of the literary landscape. We’re glad you’re here!

Conference Discount:

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2020 Award Winners:

Congratulations to Jerald Walker, finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction for How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, and to Michele Morano, longlisted for the PEN America Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for Like Love!

How to Make a Slave book cover

How to Make a Slave and Other Essays

Jerald Walker
Finalist, 2020 National Book Award in Nonfiction

Like Love book cover

Like Love

Michele Morano
Longlisted, 2021 PEN America Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay


Gournay Prize call for submissions:

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Each year, The Gournay Prize awards $1000 and publication in the 21st Century Essays series to a first book of essays. Writers may have published books previously in other genres. Translations are not eligible.

Hasanthika Sirisena headshot Congratulations to Hasanthika Sirisena, winner of the 2020 Gournay Prize! Dark Tourist: Essays will be published in December 2021. In excavating her queerness, identity as Asian-American and immigrant, and her wrestling with disability, Sirisena explores the places we too often ignore or refuse to see. Toggling between the personal, the found, the graphic, and the lyrical, she movingly explores the ways that language both fails and saves us.

The Journal Non/Fiction Prize call for submissions:

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The Journal Non/Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two.

Becky Hagenston author photo Becky Hagenston is the winner of the 2020 Non/Fiction Prize! The Age of Discovery and Other Stories will be published in August 2021. In it, the real and the fantastic collide in stories that span from Mississippi to Europe, and from the recent past to the near future. The characters are sex-toy sellers, internet trolls, parents, students, and babysitters—all trying to make sense of a world where nothing is quite what it appears to be.

Meet and Pitch Our Editor in Chief

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Kristen Elias Rowley headshot
Kristen Elias Rowley, Editor in Chief
madcreek@osupress.org

Series: 21st Century EssaysMacheteLatinographix

What she’s looking for: “I’m actively seeking books of nonfiction and fiction for our Mad Creek book series as well as for our general Mad Creek list. I’m especially interested in manuscripts that complicate notions of or explore new ideas around identity, family, culture, borders, race, religion, history, gender, neurodiversity, and the Midwest. I welcome all forms of nonfiction (essay, memoir, reportage, literary journalism, short shorts, to name just a few); novels and short stories; and graphic novels/memoirs (for our Latinographix series).”

Kristen is taking 15-minute pitch appointments during and after AWP.

Email queries are welcome, but all materials should come through our Submittable account.

Schedule a meeting with Kristen


Mad Creek Books at AWP 2021

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Schedule of Mad Creek contributor events. All times are in EST.

Wednesday, March 3rd

Thursday, March 4th


Friday, March 5th

Saturday, March 6th


Sunday, March 7th