2024 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
02/07/2024 - 02/10/2024
Event Venue
Kansas City Convention Center
Event Address
Kansas City, MO

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The 2024 AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place in person at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, from February 7 to 10, 2024. In addition, #AWP24 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 #AWP24 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, #AWP24 offers registration options for individuals and presenters. For more information, visit the AWP website.


CLMP at #AWP24

We look forward to gathering with our community for #AWP24! Visit us at booth #824 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, February 7, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 2215B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level

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.

Independent for Life: The Value and Benefits of Publishing with an Independent Press
Thursday, February 8, 1:45-3:00 p.m.
Room 2505AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
The hundreds of independent presses in the United States each publish beautiful, important, and high-quality books. Working with an independent press can be the beginning of a partnership that nurtures your writing and makes space for creative risk-taking. Indie presses’ dedication to their work allows them to compete with much bigger publishers for recognition in the literary world. Come learn why writers choose to entrust their work to these essential publishers at all stages of their careers.

Brick and Mortar: Partnering with Indie Bookstores
Friday, February 9, 12:10-1:25 p.m.
Room 3501AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Three indie booksellers give a behind-the-scenes look at how they learn about independently published books and literary magazines, how they decide which titles to carry, and their special promotional efforts—from handselling to author events. Learn how to connect with bookstores as an author or publisher to create lasting relationships and get books in readers’ hands.

Getting the Word Out: A Guide to Book Marketing & Publicity for Indie Presses and Authors
Friday, February 9, 3:20-4:35 p.m.
Room 3501 GH, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
How do presses and authors successfully partner to market and publicize books? What should authors and publishers expect from one another before and after publication? And when should authors engage outside publicity for their books? On this panel, marketing and publicity directors from indie presses share how they promote new titles, best practices for presses and authors looking to improve their publicity strategies, and more.

Submission Models: Best Practices for Literary Magazines
Saturday, February 10, 12:10-1:25 p.m.
Room 3501 GH, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
How a literary magazine invites writers to submit their work for consideration is not only a logistical question, but also a question of how to communicate with writers about a publication’s character and style. In this panel discussion, three literary magazines editors lead a conversation on different submission models, covering questions about reading fees; submissions caps and reading periods; agented, solicited, and unsolicited submissions; and more.