Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction: compelling, groundbreaking memoirs and essay collections that embrace real subjects and true events through literary techniques more commonly associated with fiction or poetry. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is a nonprofit organization of writers, teachers, colleges, and universities. The creative nonfiction competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence. Winners receive a $2,000 cash honorarium from AWP and publication by the University of Georgia Press.

Books in this series

Philip Garrison
Selected by Robert Atwan

Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You
Sue William Silverman

The Broken Country
On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam
Paisley Rekdal
Selected by Michael Steinberg

Campus Sexpot
A Memoir
David Carkeet

An Essay
Brian Lennon

Companion to an Untold Story
Marcia Aldrich
Selected by Susan Orlean

A Family Exposure
Jill Christman

A Memoir
Mort Zachter

The Flatness and Other Landscapes
Michael Martone

Sonja Livingston

Lia Purpura
Selected by Judith Kitchen

Jesus Sound Explosion
Mark Curtis Anderson

Last Day on Earth
A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter
David Vann

Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi
Wang Ping
Selected by Gretel Ehrlich

Moses Unchained
Marilyn F. Moriarty

A Memoir
Sarah Einstein
Selected by John Philip Santos

Mountain Blood
Will Baker
Selected by Annie Dillard

Riding the Demon
On the Road in West Africa
Written by Peter Chilson
With a new preface
Selected by James Galvin

The Riots
Danielle Cadena Deulen

The Small Heart of Things
Being at Home in a Beckoning World
Julian Hoffman

Growing Up in God’s Country
David McKain

Study in Perfect
Sarah Gorham

Surrendered Child
A Birth Mother's Journey
Karen Salyer McElmurray

Themes for English B
A Professor's Education In and Out of Class
J. D. Scrimgeour

Vanished Gardens
Finding Nature in Philadelphia
Sharon White


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