besides the silliness over ACL, the other hot topic is all the silliness over AWP–that is, everyone is hearing back about panel acceptances and rejections–and those who have been rejected are not too happy. a whole slew of good people got rejected too: here, here, here, here. the crazy thing is that some guy at AWP is calling anyone who mentions how pissed they are on their blog about being rejected! crazy.
i’ve studied the development of AWP over the years, and am currently editing the first ever AWP Handbook and Ranking System.
some historical background: “AWP” used to stand for “All White Poets”. now, it quite aptly stands for “Abramson Writers Partnership.” Yes, seth has used all the money he made with ALC to buy AWP. crazy.
so here’s the lowdown: 850 panel proposals this year. they accepted about 35% of proposals. yes, that means that many panels were rejected, including yours. including many of you womens, queers, and ethnics. and–gasp–many white poet panels were also rejected! unless, of course, your panel is about either TS Eliot or the New Critics–then you’re in.
why do so many people send in proposals to AWP? it’s really quite simple: if professors present at a conference, their university will pay for them to go. otherwise, they prob cant afford to go. yes, that’s also why people propose several panels or are on several panels–hedging their bets. yes, that’s also why AWP only allows you to be on 3 proposed panels (or else they auto reject all panels your name is on!)
the funny thing about this is: how many times have you been at AWP and someone is about to go present on their panel and they havent prepared a damn thing? EVERY SECOND. why? because no one gives a shite about the presentation, they just want the free trip! that’s also why SO MANY people drop out last minute, or why SO MANY panels are cancelled last minute–because when you return to your university all you have to show is the conference program that has your name listed…the reimbursements office will never know that you didnt show up. crazy.
as you can see, getting an AWP panel accepted can be worth maybe a 1000 dollars in a free ticket, hotel room, registration fee, and per diem.
So that’s why i’ve decided to start a new altruistic business venture called CSP AWP CONSULTING FIRM. Here is our mission statement:
CSP-AWP CONSULTING is the first-ever consulting firm designed exclusively for Event proposal applicants to the annual AWP conference. All of our consultant never even applied to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and all is trained in giving professional-grade critiques of panel proposals as he has been on one panel before and was rejected this year–so he knows what not to do.
As the panel proposal process to the AWP is an almost entirely subjective one, we cannot guarantee specific results for our clients. We are committed, however, to making po-money helping clients substantially improve the quality of their proposal and roster of panelists. All of this is done with an eye towards making sure your university pays for you to attend this highly competitive conference.
SERVICES & DONATIONS:
Title of Event Critique: $10
Event Description Critique: $50
Statement of Merit Critique: $75
Biographical Notes Critique: $25
For an additional $100, you can choose from our list of distinguished poets to be on your Event Proposal. They are famous enough to get your Event accepted but famous enough to cancel last minute with no one becoming suspicious.
if you’d like my services, please make a donation in the correct amount here: