2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is the annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers of contemporary creative writing. It includes thousands of attendees, hundreds of events and bookfair exhibitors, and four days of essential literary conversation and celebration.

Event Date
03/08/2023 - 03/11/2023
Event Venue
Seattle Convention Center
Event Address
Seattle, WA

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The 2023 AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place in-person at the Seattle Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, from March 8 to March 11, 2023. In addition, #AWP23 will feature a remote component, with several live-streamed events and a selection of prerecorded virtual events. See the AWP FAQ page for more information about in-person and virtual attendance.

CLMP is pleased to partner with AWP to offer CLMP Members the discounted Early Bird rate on exhibit packages for #AWP23 throughout the registration period. In order to receive the CLMP member discount, you must be an active member at time of purchase. If you plan to become a CLMP member, please do so before purchasing your exhibit space to be eligible for the discount. To obtain the discount, please email [email protected]. Read more about exhibit packages.

In addition to bookfair and exhibitor registration, #AWP23 offers registration options for individuals and presenters. For more information, visit the AWP website.


CLMP at #AWP23

We look forward to gathering with our community for #AWP23! Visit us at booth #720 to say hello and pick up your CLMP sticker. We also hope you’ll join us at our annual meeting and CLMP sponsored panels.

CLMP Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 8, 5:00-6:00 PM PT
Room 340-342, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3

This event is for all independent literary magazine and small press publishers to learn what we’re planning for the year and share your thoughts on how we can best ensure that our community thrives. Even if you’re not yet a member of CLMP but would like to find out more, please feel welcome to join us.

The Time Is Now: How (and Why) to Launch a Literary Magazine
Thursday, March 9, 12:10-1:25 PM PT
Terrace Suite II, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
CLMP’s Firecracker Award winners and finalists in the Best Debut Magazine category share the ins and outs of launching a magazine, building a readership, and developing strategies for success and sustainability.

A Winning Team: The Author-Publisher Relationship
Thursday, March 9, 3:20-4:35 PM PT
Rooms 443-444, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
No book enters the world on its own. Instead, authors and publishers work together to bring out the best in what ultimately becomes the published work. Join us for a conversation with the 2022 Firecracker Award winners in poetry and creative nonfiction to learn about what goes into forging an award-winning relationship between author and publisher.

Looking to the Stars: How to Create Inclusive Publishing Communities
Friday, March 10, 9:00-10:15 AM PT
Rooms 343-344, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Making publishing a welcoming and celebratory place for everyone is important and difficult work. Join us for a conversation about how to build a diverse, inclusive, equitable publishing company and community with publishers that have shown exceptional devotion to BIPOC writing and writers through their books, magazines, and community engagement efforts.

Begin Again: New Editors on Taking the Helm
Saturday, March 11, 3:20-4:35 PM PT
Room 332, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
What happens when a new editor joins an established literary magazine? In this panel, editors—all of whom have taken on their roles within the past few years—discuss the rewards and challenges of bringing new vision and energy to time-honored publications.