National Program Directors' Prize

Instituted by the directors of AWP’s member programs, two National Program Directors' Prizes for undergraduate literary magazines are awarded annually to outstanding journals in the categories of content and design. Each winning magazine receives a $1,000 cash award. Winners are announced in The Writer's Chronicle and in other media, and the winning magazines are acknowledged at AWP's Annual Conference & Bookfair the following year. Prize honoraria are sent directly to the winning magazines. The final judges for content and design are announced at the conclusion of the competition.


Undergraduate literary magazines published between March 15, 2020 and March 15, 2021 are eligible for consideration. Submissions must arrive at AWP by March 15, 2021. Consult our guidelines for more information.

2020 National Program Directors' Prize Winners

Winner Description

Content Award

North Texas Review,
University of
North Texas

Selected by
Kim Chinquee,
SUNY-Buffalo State

north texas review
"With its fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art, North Texas Review offers a diverse array of aesthetic material: in image, tone, and voice. From Alexa. Schrunk's "Just Brothers" to "Cortexparency" by Maria Haag to Jennifer Elms's "Ditsy Dreamer," its content continues to surprise, and its characters jump out of each page. The mix of content with curation makes it a beauty; a solid win."

Design Award

The Abington Review,
Penn State Abington

Selected by
Stephanie Vanderslice,
The University of
Central Arkansas

The Abington Review
“The future of publication design is truly in talented, creative and capable hands. The Abington Review's issue: A Guidebook to the Fifth Dimension, however, hit every single mark. The issue's design reflected the theme in every way, from the eerie cover to the end papers to the Rod Serling Foundation interview and the drawings introducing each thematic work, creating a stunning unity. The production values of the issue were also sensational: the hardcover, itself, with its smooth suede-like cover, feels marvelous in the hands, while the quality of the paper and the unity of the design and the paper itself only adds to the experience. Such attention to detail in every element; such an exquisite book.”