AWP Small Press Publisher Award

AWP’s Small Press Publisher Award is an annual prize for nonprofit presses and literary journals that recognizes the important role such organizations play in publishing creative works and introducing new authors to the reading public. The award acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation of these presses and journals, and honors their contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work.

The award includes a $2,000 honorarium and a complimentary exhibit booth, including two complimentary conference registrations, at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in the year following the recipient’s recognition. In even years, the award is given to a journal, and, in odd years, to a press.

Congratulations to Ecotone, winner of the 2022 AWP Small Press Publisher Award!


Ecotone’s mission is twofold: to publish and promote the best place-based work being made today, and to offer new editors and designers intensive training in the craft. Founded in 2005, the award-winning biannual magazine features writing and art that reimagine place. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities. In each issue, emerging and established contributors explore the ecotones between landscapes, genres, disciplines, and identities. Ecotone and its sister imprint, Lookout Books, are produced by faculty and students in the MFA program at UNC Wilmington.

Finalists for the 2022 AWP Small Press Publisher Award

American Short Fiction

American Short Fiction’s mission is to be a diverse and discerning publisher of today’s best literary short fiction. We believe that reading and writing are transformative acts and that literature has the power to change the way we see ourselves, our world, and our place in it. A three-time finalist for the National Magazine Award for Fiction, ASF won the Whiting Literary Magazine Prize in 2019. Recent print issues include stories by Lauren Groff, Alexander Chee, Lydia Davis, and Danielle Evans alongside emerging writers like hurmat kazmi, Lydia Conklin, Jamel Brinkley, and Dantiel W. Moniz.

Founded in 1997, is an award-winning independent magazine that focuses on place, particularly in the context of environmental and social justice, democracy, and the climate emergency. The world’s first online literary magazine of place, it publishes a rich mix of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and artwork, as well as editorials, community and regional case studies, a podcast, and critically acclaimed series such as Letters to America and A Life of Science. There is no cost to access and the journal is advertisement-free. contributions have been republished in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net.

Joseph Bednarik, Copper Canyon Press
Remica Bingham-Risher, Old Dominion University


Letters of nomination are accepted each year between September 1 and October 15. All nominations should be in PDF format and submitted through AWP's Submittable portal. Postal submissions will not be considered.

To nominate a candidate for the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, please consult our award guidelines.

Should you need assistance with processing your nomination please feel free to contact Aubrey Kamppila, Conference Events Coordinator, by emailing

List of Winners

See a list of previous award winners and finalists.