Historically known for its poetry series, in the past four years CWP has focused on literary fiction, with each of the titles carefully selected via two in-house prizes: the Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman and the Lee Smith Novel Prize for a Southern novel. Each of the published novels has garnered additional awards and prizes:
- A Falling Star by Chantel Acevedo was awarded a national bronze medal for Multicultural Fiction from the Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPY), was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award, and the Balcones Fiction Prize.
- The Ice Garden by Moira Crone received an IPPY gold medal for Best Fiction Southeast.
- The inaugural Lee Smith Prize winner was Mulberry, by Paulette Boudreaux, which was a finalist for the Crook’s Corner Prize for a first novel, received an IPPY Silver medal for Best Fiction Southeast, and a national Bronze medal for cover design.
- 2016 fiction publications included Bakwin Award winner Donna Miscolta’s story collection: Hola and Goodbye: Una Familia in Stories which received an IPPY Gold Medal for West Pacific Fiction and is a finalist in the International Latino Book Awards.
- Quinn Dalton’s novel Midnight Bowling won a Silver Medal for Literary Fiction in the Forward Indies Book Awards and an IPPY Gold Medal for the Great Lakes Region.