AWP offers three annual scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.
The 2016 winner in poetry is Lisa Hiton for her submission, "Dislocated Cities". Of Lisa Hiton’s submission, judge Tarfia Faizullah wrote the following: "These poems experience the concept of time broadly, deeply, and specifically. I’m impressed by the vivid and careful precision in these works as well as the patience of the author who wrote them. There is elegantly handled formal restraint here, but also a wild and vast reckoning with our histories and how we love others through and with them. How do we negotiate ourselves to our own histories and those of others? This author’s poems are beautiful and nuanced responses to that question." Runners-Up in Poetry “Dear Ghost and Other Poems” by Annah Browning “At Eye Level” by Jenny Xie