To further fulfill its goals to encourage, recognize and promote Peace Corps writers, RPCV Writers & Readers, the newsletter that was the precursor of PeaceCorpsWriters.org and PeaceCorpsWorldwide.org, presented its first annual awards for outstanding writing in 1990. A total of 163 awards have been given through 2019.
When possible, Peace Corps Writers Awards are presented at the RPCV Conference Awards Ceremony.
The awards are:
- The Award for Writer of the Year
- The Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award
- The Paul Cowan Non-Fiction Award
- The Maria Thomas Fiction Award
- The Award for Best Peace Corps Memoir
- The Award for Best Book of Poetry
- The Peace Corps Writers Publisher’s Award
- The Peace Corps Writers Publisher’s Special Staff Award
- The Award for Best Short Story Collection
- The Award for Best Travel Book
- The Rowland Scherman Award for Best Photography Book
- The Award for Best Children’s Book about a Peace Corps Country
- The Award for Best Book for Young Adults
- The Marian Haley Beil Award for the Best Book Review
- The Award for Advancing the Mission
- Other Awards
Click on the above categories to see all the past winners.
NOTE: Awards given to books published during the previous year.