Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2024 Annual Meeting—Kansas City, MO, February 7-10

Welcome / Calls for Submissions

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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 2023 National Book Critics Circle Finalist I Would Meet You Anywhere and the 2020 National Book Award finalist How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, is a home for artistic, daring, and innovative books, with the goal of representing the true diversity of writers working today.

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.

Congratulations to Amy Lee Scott, winner of the 2023 Gournay Prize. When the World Explodes will be published in Spring 2025. Examining the personal alongside the cultural, this essay collection meditates on what is lost and what is created amidst destruction.


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Each year, The AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction awards $5,500 and publication on Mad Creek Books to a collection of short fiction between 150-300 manuscript pages long. This year’s judge is Deesha Philyaw, whose debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction (and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing). Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a Baldwin for the Arts Fellow. Her debut novel, The True Confessions of First Lady Freeman, is forthcoming from Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in 2025.

The Journal Non/Fiction Prize Winner:

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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. The winner receives $1500 and publication by The Ohio State University Press

Miles Harvey is the winner of the 2023 Non/Fiction Prize. The Registry of Forgotten Objects: Stories will be published in August 2024. This haunting debut short story collection from a celebrated nonfiction writer explores the intersection of human lives and longing with lost and forgotten objects.

Meet and Pitch Our Editorial Director

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Kristen Elias Rowley, Editorial Director

Series: 21st Century EssaysMacheteLatinographix

What she’s looking for: “I’m actively seeking books of nonfiction 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) and graphic novels/memoirs (for our Latinographix series).”

If you are unable to connect with her at AWP, email queries are welcome, but all materials should come through our Submittable account.

Email Kristen: