AWP Tips

Past AWP conference attendees are welcome to post any helpful information they have to share with other Native AWP members. Any information concerning how to get a panel proposal accepted, how to write scholarship/award applications, and ways to find/confirm off site venues for readings is always appreciated.

Information on this page will be found in the comments section for the time being.


3 thoughts on “AWP Tips

  1. HedgeCoke The AWP conference committee seeks proposals featuring panelists who are diverse in their backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, and ages. While an institutional affiliation is not required of participants, when appropriate panels should showcase presenters from a variety of organizations and institutions who are at different stages of their careers. The ideal panel will consist of participants who represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences. The committee also encourages panel participation from graduate students.
    Submit a proposal now!
    Helpful Hints
    You do not need to be a member of AWP to propose an event. However, you must have an active AWP user account. You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you enter the proposal system. If you already have an AWP user account but you’ve forgotten your password, visit our forgot password page.
    You can watch a video tutorial on using the new proposal system. It takes five minutes and will answer all of your questions, especially the one about how to enter text into the submission form.
    If you propose yourself as the moderator of an event, don’t list yourself as a participant. All moderators are event participants.
    Once you submit, your proposed event participants will receive an email confirming their willingness to participate. They must link the proposal to their own AWP user accounts within two weeks.
    Your participants will be prompted to enter their own bios when they link to your event.
    Give yourself ample time to read the event proposal handbook and acquaint yourself with the new submission system.
    The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
    The deadline for submitting a bookfair stage event is Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

  2. HedgeCoke

    From Denise Low:

    Denise Low
    March 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm
    Hi, Here’s a copy of the comments I posted about how to get your conference proposal accepted, alaready on FB. Allison Hedge Coke has excellent advice regarding the specific directions posted by AWP, including inclusion of diverse age-groups, stakeholders, ethnicities, academic/non-academic mix, etc. Here’s a bit more. Imagine yourself sitting down with a 4 binders about 8 inches thick each, filled with proposals. Readers (the conference committee) recuse themselves from close professional contacts, family members, and close friends. Pretty soon, the quality of the proposals really makes a difference, as well as those who read the directions carefully (about 60%). Here are my top priorities for proposals: You say it so well, Allison. I promised some “insider” dope. In addition to what Allison says 1. Write the proposal in polished, professional prose. If there is another proposal like yours, the conference committee will choose the better presented one (they are trying to not duplicate panels.) 2. Follow the directions carefully. 3. Think of the audience (writers) and their needs–craft, pedagogy, publishing help, networking. Many more poetry events get proposed than fiction, nonfiction, reviewing, how to talk to an agent, etc. The AWP site gives statistics, and they are pretty amazingly lopsided. 4. Think more in terms of shared information than a chance to read your work (there are off-site events for that). The sessions I saw that were packed were the Heid E. Erdrich and Trevino Brings Plenty event about non-academic occupations for the writer; publishers; non-fiction events about how to publish non-fiction. You might look over the online AWP conference panel descriptions from 2014 to get ideas. They really look for cutting edge, new stuff. I saw in the NYT today a new platform, Wattpad


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s