Book Award Submission

Submissions for the 29th annual Minnesota Book Awards are now open. Deadline for submissions: November 18, 2016.

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Book Nominations

Minnesota Book Awards

Now it its 29th year, the Minnesota Book Awards program celebrates the best in Minnesota literature with nine categories.

Authors, publishers, and agents may submit a book by completing the online form and submitting five non-returnable copies of the book, plus a $45 entry fee.

Books are reviewed in a two-part process by 54 qualified judges from around the state. The preliminary round judges (three in each category) begin reviewing the submitted books in September and come together on January 28 to determine the four finalists in each category. In February, a new set of judges reviews the finalist books and comes together on March 4 to determine the category winners. All winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on April 8, 2017 in Saint Paul.


Eligibility Requirements:Submit a Book

  • 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). Some exceptions will be made for authors who moved out of the state after the commencement of the eligibility year (January 1, 2016). Please contact us to discuss eligibility in these cases.
  • Eligible books must have a 2016 copyright. Books with a 2015 or 2017 copyright date will be accepted under limited circumstances. Please see our FAQ page for more information.
  • All submitted books must have a valid ISBN.
  • Books by writing or creative teams are eligible if at least one member is a Minnesota resident. Note, however, that only Minnesota residents are eligible to win the award. Co-authors or illustrators of eligible books who do not live in the state will not be presented with an award should the book be selected as a winner.
  • Both e-books and self-published books are accepted, provided that they meet all other eligibility requirements. E-book entries must include the cost of four downloads in addition to the $45 submission fee.
  • Books written by deceased authors will be accepted ONLY if the author was still living at the commencement of the eligibility year (January 1, 2016).

The following are NOT eligible:

  • Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors
  • Advance reading copies and galleys. If a book’s 2016 release date is after the submission deadline, the author or publisher must contact The Friends prior to November 18, 2016 to discuss a submission plan
  • Books by deceased authors who were not living at the commencement of the eligibility year (January 1, 2016)
  • Books containing previously published material UNLESS at least 50% of the book’s content is new
  • Books originally written in languages other than English
  • Plays or screenplays
  • Reprints of books published in another year
  • Books written by staff or trustees of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

The final decision on a book’s eligibility is made by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and this decision will be binding.


Categories

  • Children’s Literature: picture book 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, and science fiction
  • Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: primarily autobiographical book of nonfiction, or book with a significant amount of personal material and/or imaginative reworking
  • Middle Grade Literature: a book written for a middle grade audience, generally ages 8-12 (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels are eligible)
  • Minnesota Nonfiction: 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 (minimum of 30 pages in length)
  • Young Adult Literature: a book written for a teen audience (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels are eligible)

Books may be submitted in only one category. The final decision on a book’s category placement will be determined by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. 


Submission Requirements

  • A complete online entry form for each title submitted
  • A submission fee of $45 per entry (payable by credit/debit card or check)
  • Five (5) copies of each submitted title

Checks should be made payable to “The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.” 

DEADLINE: The submission form, entry fee, and book copies must be received by the deadline: Friday, November 18, 2016. If your book will not be released in time for the November 18 deadline, please contact us to work out a submission plan.

SEND BOOKS TO: The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, 1080 Montreal Ave., Suite 2, Saint Paul, MN 55116.

Materials may also be delivered in person between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CONTACT: Bailey Veesenmeyer, Minnesota Book Awards Coordinator, will address any questions regarding eligibility, category placement, or the submission process. Email: bailey@thefriends.org / Phone: 651-366-6497


Please note: Copies of submitted books become the property of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and will be donated to Minnesota public libraries following the judging process.

Disclaimer: Members of the staff and current Board of Trustees of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library are not eligible to submit books, serve as judges, or receive any other recognition by the Minnesota Book Awards.