Book Award Nomination

Nominations for the 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards will open in August 2014.

Book Nominations

Eligibility Requirements

All books must be the work of a Minnesota author or primary artistic creator (current Minnesota resident who maintains a year-round residence in Minnesota). All books must be published in 2014. If the book’s copyright date is not 2014, a written explanation of the book’s release date must be included with nomination materials.

Nominate a book for a Minnesota Book Award


The following are eligible:

  • Print and eBooks with an ISBN
  • Books created by a writing team, if at least one of the primary authors or artistic creators is a Minnesota resident
  • Books by deceased individuals who met eligibility requirements at their time of death
  • Books with previously published material if the majority of content is new

The following are not eligible:

  • Reprints of books published in another year
  • Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors
  • Books originally written in languages other than English
  • Advance reading copies and galleys. If a book’s 2014 release date is after the submission date, the author or publisher must contact the Minnesota Book Awards office prior to submission date to discuss a submission plan
  • The final decision on a book’s eligibility is made by the Minnesota Book Awards, and its decision will be binding

Categories

  • Children’s Literature: picture book or easy reader for young children (authors and illustrators are both eligible in this category)
  • General Nonfiction: book of nonfiction, including, but not limited to, history, biography, science, nature, and cookbooks
  • Genre Fiction: a book of fiction written in a popular genre or style, including mystery, detective, fantasy, romance, graphic novel, and science fiction
  • Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: primarily autobiographical book of nonfiction, or book with a significant amount of personal material and/or imaginative reworking
  • Minnesota: a book of nonfiction with a topic on Minnesota history, nature, social customs, or nostalgia
  • Novel & Short Story: a novel, novella, or short story collection
  • Poetry:  a book-length single poem or collection of poetry
  • Young People’s Literature: a book written for a middle grade or teen audience (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels are eligible)

Nomination Process

Books may be nominated in only one category. The Minnesota Book Awards makes the final category placement for all nominated books. Nominations may be submitted by the book’s author, publisher or agent. Nominations may be submitted through our online form. Materials may also be delivered in person between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • A complete entry form must be submitted online for each title.
  • A fee of $45 per title must accompany each nomination. Publishers submitting more than four titles may pay just $20 per additional book.
  • If you are submitting more than ten books, please contact the Minnesota Book Awards at 651-366-6497 to make arrangements.
  • Checks and credit card payments must include names of the submitted titles.
  • Print books: five non-returnable copies must be submitted. Books become the property of the Minnesota Book Awards and will be donated to Minnesota public libraries following the judging process.
  • eBooks: one printed and bound 8.5” x 11” copy (including publication date) must be submitted with detailed instructions to download the book. If not available free, include the cost of four additional downloads with your nomination fee.
  • The nomination form, entry fee, and book copies must be received at The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library’s office by the nomination deadline: TBA

Please send nomination materials to:
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
325 Cedar Street, Suite 555
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1055
Phone: 651-222-3242 Fax: 651-222-1988
Email: mnbookawards@thefriends.org

PLEASE NOTE: Submission is not complete until The Friends has received all required items: completed nomination form, $45 entry fee, and five copies of the book for each title submitted. Information from your nomination will be used in Minnesota Book Awards promotional and other official materials, please make sure it is accurate and complete.

Nominate a book for a Minnesota Book Award