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Get tickets below for the 2018 Ceremony!

About the Minnesota Book Awards

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-long program that fosters our statewide literary arts community and connects readers and writers throughout Minnesota.

The process begins in the fall with book submissions and continues through winter with two rounds of judging. Winners are announced at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony each spring. Woven throughout the season are various engagement activities and events that promote the authors and connect the world of Minnesota books – writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, editors, and more – to readers throughout the state.

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Book Awards Season

The Minnesota Book Awards season starts in the summer and culminates with the awards ceremony in April of the next year.

Submissions

Book submissions for the 2017/2018 season are closed.

See the full list of submitted books >>

Judges

Judge applications for the 2017/2018 season are closed.

Finalists

Finalists for the 30th anniversary season were announced January 27, 2018. Click here to see the list.

Winners

Winners for the 30th anniversary season will be announced April 21, 2018.

Click here to see past winners.

In recognition of the Minnesota Book Awards and its other statewide programs and services, the Library of Congress has recognized The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library as the state’s designated Center for the Book.

Minnesota Center for the Book page >>

Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony

Celebrate the best in local literature at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all.

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Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 21 | InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront

Celebrate the best in local literature at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony. Readers, writers, and book-lovers from all over the state gather together for one incredible evening to honor stories of Minnesotans that connect us all.

6:30 p.m. – Preface Reception
Meet the finalists, book sales and signing, and cash bar.

8:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Wine and refreshments, live music.

9:30 p.m. – Epilogue After-Party
Complimentary champagne and desserts. Toast the winners and finalists and listen to live music.

Awards will be presented to the winners in nine book categories, the 2018 Book Artist Award winner, the 2018 Hognander Award winner, as well as the 2018 Kay Sexton Award honoree.

Tickets

Tickets include complimentary wine and refreshments during the Awards ceremony, with champagne and dessert to follow at the after-party.

Great River Ballroom: $60
Great River Court: $40

Please note: Event stage is located within the Great River Ballroom; large event screens also broadcast the ceremony within the ballroom and Great River Court.

Registration

The Details

  • We offer closed captioning on our large event screens.
  • Event stage is located within the Great River Ballroom; large event screens also broadcast the ceremony within the ballroom and Great River Court.
  • Physical tickets are not issued for this event. Instead, confirmation of seat purchases will be provided by email or phone.
  • Additional donations to The Friends in support of the Minnesota Book Awards are appreciated. Gifts will be dedicated to support future Book Awards and/or statewide Book Awards outreach activities. The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
  • Parking instructions – We recommend you park in the Capital City Plaza Parking Ramp at 50 East Fourth Street. There will be $5 parking vouchers available at registration for this ramp only.

This is not a dinner event, please plan accordingly. Sponsored tables and complete tables purchased together (10 seats per table) will receive priority seating. Tickets are non-refundable. All attendees will receive their table assignment at the event. Individuals wishing to sit together should make their reservations together or email Daniel Hodges ([email protected]) no later than April 13 to make a seating request. We do our best to accommodate, but The Friends cannot guarantee fulfillment of these requests.

Book Submissions

Book submissions are now closed.

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. All books must be the work of a Minnesota author or primary artistic creator.

Submission deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017.

See the full list of submitted books >>

Apply to Be a Book Awards Judge

Judge applications are now closed.

The Minnesota Book Awards is committed to having a broad base of experience on judge panels. Judges are selected from across the state to include a diversity of professional experience, educational background, ethnicity, age, and gender. Previous judges are welcome to apply.

Deadline: September 8, 2017.

Other Submissions

Submissions are now closed.

Book Artist Award Sponsor

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Hognander Minnesota History Award Sponsor

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Kay Sexton Award Sponsor

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Award Category Sponsors

Preface Reception Sponsor

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Epilogue After-party Sponsor

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Program Sponsors

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Educator's Circle

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Publisher’s Circle

Media Partners

Outreach Partners

Judging Sponsor

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Space for the 2018 judging sessions has been generously provided by CommondBond Communities.

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Made possible in part by the State of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota Department of Education

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