New South Goes To Tampa #AWP18

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, a literary nonprofit organization that focuses on writers (and college and university writing programs like the one here at Georgia State), hosted its annual conference in Tampa, Florida this year and included readings, panels, and presentations  from names like George Saunders, Tyehimba Jess, Mark Doty, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Maggie Smith, Jericho Brown, Rita Dove, and many more. The conference's bookfair included booths and tables featuring hundreds of journals and presses, including our own New South. We're proud to say we sold out of our new and back issues, promoted our 2018 writing contest, and represented our journal with swag (like stickers and tote bags). New South also co-hosted an offsite reading featuring four of our past contributors (Sionnain Buckley, Emily Corwin, Betsy Kalman, and Jami Kimbrell) that packed out the Bamboozle Tea Lounge in downtown Tampa. Our staff attended panels on topics such as the long poem, writing confessional poetry, poetry in film, and preparing a manuscript for publication. Along with the personal benefits to our own writing lives, we've had a large jump in submissions to our writing contest in the 24 hours since the conference ended as well as in regular submissions. Follow along for more in-depth posts on different aspects of the conference from each of our editors.