Current Submissions

Books submitted for the 2022-2023, 35th Minnesota Book Awards. Last updated 12/6/2022.

Children’s Picture Book:

Begin One Way: A Children's Book of Road Signs by Ioana Stoian; illustrated by Sophia Vincent Guy (Busy Hands Books)
The Big Leaf Leap
by Molly Beth Griffin; illustrated by Meleck Davis (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Buttons the Basset's Great Adventure
 by James Robert (Page Publishing)
Celia Planted a Garden by Phyllis Root & Gary D. Schmidt; illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Candlewick Press)
Champions for Change by Stacy Bauer; illustrated by Emanuela Ntamack (Hop of the Press, LLC)
Cinderelliot: A Scrumptious Fairytale by Mark Ceilley & Rachel Smoka-Richardson; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
The Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore; illustrated by Kitty Moss (Macmillan/Farrar Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers)
Compassionate Kids by Stacy Bauer; illustrated by Emanuela Ntamack (Hop off the Press, LLC)
Dancing Deepa by Suchi Sairam; illustrated by Vidya Vasudevan (Kala Vandanam Press)
The Dark Was Done by Lauren Stringer (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)
Fire and Ashes: A Boy and an African Proverb by Ahmed Hassan and Wes Erwin; illustrated by Meryl Treatner (The Little Fig)
How Do I Feel? a From The Grove story by Amy L. Grove; illustrated by Terri Schultz (self-published)
Lily Leads the Way by Margi Preus; illustrated by Matt Myers (Candlewick Press)
I Am a Big Brother - Kuv Yog Ib Tug Tij Laug by Tory Envy; illustrated by Agia Putri & Qaharu Aulia (Story Cloth Co.)
The Iheards by Emily Kilgore; illustrated by Zoe Persico (Little Bee Books)
Jubilee: The First Therapy Horse and an Olympic Dream by KT Johnston; illustrated by Anabella Ortiz (Capstone Editions/Capstone)
Marshmallow Clouds by Ted Kooser & Connie Wanek; illustrated by Richard Jones (Candlewick Press)
Mashkiki Road: The Seven Grandfather Teachings by Elizabeth R. Barrett; illustrated by Jonathan Thunder (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Messy Time by Elizabeth Verdick; illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing)
Not Enough Lollipops by Megan Maynor; illustrated by Micah Player (Penguin Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers)
A Park Connects Us by Sarah Nelson; illustrated by Ellen Rooney (Owlkids Books)
Puppy Bus by Drew Brockington (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
One Winter Up North by John Owens (University of Minnesota Press)
Sarah Rising by Ty Chapman; illustrated by DeAnn Wiley (Beaming Books)
So Much Snow by Kristen Schroeder; illustrated by Sarah Jacoby (Penguin Random House/Random House Studio)
Song in the City by Daniel Bernstrom; illustrated by Jenin Mohammed (Amistad Books for Young Readers/Harper)
Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice by Sarah Warren; illustrated by Monica Mikai (Lee & Low Books)
V is for Victoria by Cheri Beatty (self-published)
Waleed, the Skinny Hippo by Denis LaComb; illustrated by Jubayda Sagor (self-published)
We Belong by Laura Purdie Salas; illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aguilera (Lerner Publishing Group/Carolrhoda Books)
Where We Come From by Diane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney & John Coy; illustrated by Dion MBD (Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Books)
You Are Life by Bao Phi; illustrated by Hannah Li (Capstone Editions/Capstone)

General Nonfiction:

An African Son: Abraham Boi Watson's Perilous Journey by Ronald Peterson (Wisdom Editions)
Church on the Move: A Practical Guide for Ministry in the Community
by G. Travis Norvell (Judson Press)
Daughters of Arraweelo: Stories of Somali Women
by Ayaan Adan (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Healthcare Upside Down: A Critical Examination of Policy and Practice
by Henry Buchwald (Springer)
Homestead Recipes
by Amanda Rettke (William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers)
I Got 99 Coping Skills and Being a B*tch Ain't One
by Lindsey Konchar (self-published)
In Transit: Being Non-Binary in a World of Dichotomies
by Dianna Anderson (1517 Media/Broadleaf Books)
Journey By the Book: A Guide to Tales of Travel
by Daniel Van Tassel (Sunbury Press, Inc.)
Loving Language: Learning to Hear Your Neighbor
by Richard C. Benton, Jr. (GlossaHouse)
Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman's Path from Small-town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army
by Rachael Hanel (University of Minnesota Press)
The Relationship Book
by Rachel Awes (self-published)
A Senior's Guide for Living Well and Dying Well: Conversations That Matter
by A. Stuart Hanson (self-published)
Spanked: How Hitting Our Children is Harming Ourselves
by Christina L. Erickson (Oxford University Press)
They Don’t Want Her There: Fighting Sexual and Racial Harassment in the American University
by Carolyn Chalmers (University of Iowa Press)
Through the Banks of the Red Cedar: My Father and the Team That Changed the Game
by Maya Washington (Amazon Publishing, Little A)
True North Cabin Cookbook
by Stephanie Hansen (University of Minnesota Press)
Trusting the Change: Finding Our Way Through Personal and Global Transformation
by Karen Hering (Skinner House Books)
Walking the Tightrope: Trusting Your Life to Telemedicine
by Wayne Liebhard (Alethos Press)
Walleye: A Beautiful Fish of the Dark
by Paul Radomski (University of Minnesota Press)
Wilhelm's Way: The Inspiring Story of the Iowa Chemist Who Saved The Manhattan Project
by Teresa Waldof (Third Generation Publishing/self-published)
Wonderlands: Essays on the Life of Literature
by Charles Baxter (Graywolf Press)
Working Across Lines: Resisting Extreme Energy Extraction
by Corrie Grosse (University of California Press)

Genre Fiction:

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling (Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press)
Between Fortitude and Folly: The Incredible True Story of the USS Pope
by Stephen Partridge (self-published)
Black and Blue
by Frank Weber (Moon Finder)
Cold World
by Dennis Vogen (self-published)
A Deadly Covenant
by Stanley Trollip (self-published)
Desolation Canyon
by P.J. Tracy (Macmillan/Minotaur Books)
Died By Blood, Born By Blood: a Vampire Memoir
by Kelly Carlson (self-published)
Dive Bartender: Flowers in the Desert
by T.K. O'Neill (Bluestone Press)
Farmed and Dangerous
by Amy Gregg (Fox Pointe Publishing, LLP)
Forsaken Country
by Allen Eskens (Little, Brown - Mulholland Books)
Ghost in the Pine
by Michael Clark (Shaved Dog Book Press)
The Girl in Duluth
by Sigrid Brown (self-published)
Holding Court by Alan Miller (Calumet Editions)
The Lost by Jeffrey Burton (St. Martin's Press/Minotaur)
The Lost Forty by Tom Baumann (self-published)
The Lost Dragon Murder by Michael Mallory (BookLocker)
The Medievalist by Phil Adamo (self-published)
The Player Next Door by Elizabeth Davis (Headline Eternal)
The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey (Amazon Publishing, Thomas & Mercer)
Rafferty's Last Case: A Minnesota Mystery Featuring Sherlock Holmes by Larry Millett (University of Minnesota Press)
Sinister Graves by Marcie Rendon (Soho Press)
Sister of Grendel by Susan Thurston (Calumet Editions)
The Spell
by Nancy Hedin (NineStar Press)
Sunsets On Catfish Bar by Mary Strand (self-published)
They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe (Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press)
Twelve: A Retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Joan Marie Verba (FTL Publications)
The Temps by Andrew DeYoung (Turner Publishing/Keylight Books)
A Time Between Times by Mark Mitten (Wild Ridge Press)
Uncommon Charm by Emily Bergslien & Kathryn Weaver (Neon Hemlock Press)
The Ursulina by Brian Freeman (Blackstone Publishing)
When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer (Bethany House Publishers)
Where Secrets Live by Susan Richards (Crooked Lane Books)
The Zero Night by Brian Freeman (Blackstone Pubishing)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

After Effects: A Memoir of Complicated Grief by Andrea Gilats (University of Minnesota Press)
Aimless: A Journey to Constructive Masculinity by John D'Agostini (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)
Allegiance to Winds and Waters: Bicycling the Political Divides of the United States
by Anne Winkler-Morey (Wise Ink)
As I Remember It: A Memoir of Persistence, Tenacity, and Humor
by Theresa Wanta (self-published)
A Century in the Garden: One Hundred Years at Kelley & Kelley Nursery
by Steve Kelley (Nodin Press)
"A Child of the Indian Race:" A Story of Return
by Sandy White Hawk (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Blend In or Fade Out
by Colnese Hendon (Strive Publishing)
The Clean Daughter: A Cross-Continental Memoir
by Jill Kandel (North Dakota State University Press)
Crooked Lines: A Single Mom's Jewish Journey
by Jenna Zark (Koehler Books)
Dancing with Welk: Music, Memory, and Prairie Troubadours
by Christopher Vondracek (South Dakota Historical Society Press)
Days of Wonder: A Memoir
by Bill Vossler (self-published)
Departure Stories: Betty Crocker Made Matzoh Balls (and other lies)
by Elisa Bernick (Indiana University Press)
Enchantments of the Mississippi: A Contemplative Journey of Time and Place
by Thomas Becknell (Beaver's Pond Press)
Essentially: Essays
by Richard Terrill (Holy Cow! Press)
Every Road Goes Somewhere: A Memoir About Calling
by Wendy Widder Huisken (Three Rubies Press)
Farewell Transmission: Notes From Hidden Spaces
by Will McGrath (Dzanc Books)
Forever Boy: A Mother's Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy
 by Kate Swenson (Park Row Books/HarperCollins)
Groundglass by Kathryn Savage (Coffee House Press)
How to 'KILL' the 'Mocking' Birds? by Bruce Nelson (self-published)
Morlocks in the Basement by Carolyn Colburn (Running Wild Press)
Meander North: Essays by Marie Zhuikov (Nodin Press)
Optic Subwoof by Douglas Kearney (Wave Books)
Seven Aunts by Staci Lola Drouillard (University of Minnesota Press)
Sinkhole by Juliet Patterson (Milkweed Editions)
SOLO-10 Years in Bali  by Arlo Hennings (self-published)
Tales from Minnesota's Sports Beat: A Lifetime on Deadline by Patrick Reusse with Chip Scoggins (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers by Teresa Peterson & Walter LaBattte, Jr. (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
The Way She Wants to Get There by Mary Moore Easter (Nodin Press)
Wolf: A Memoir of Love and Atonement by Carter McNamara (Authenticity Consulting, LLC)

Middle Grade Literature:

The Arctic Quest by Minda Gomez (MoGo Media)
The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers: Losing Lizzy by Lehman Riley (self-published)
Benji and Iggie: The Magic of Friendship by Ben Kohler; illustrated by Sandy Rummel (Beaver's Pond Press)
Brushfire: Wave 1
by Dennis Vogen (self-published)
Chronicles of the Unicorn Kingdom: Rise of Neon
by Kyle Rawleigh (Clay Bridges Press)
The Counterclockwise Heart by Brian Farrey (Hachette-Workman Publishing/Algonquin Young Readers)
Fearless by Kristin Johnson (KFJ Books)
Fossil Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life by Cheryl Blackford; illustrated by Ellen Duda and Stephanie Son (Harper Collins/Clarion Books)
Girls Solve Everything: Stories of Women Entrepreneurs Building a Better World by Catherine Thimmesh; illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Grasshoppers in My Bed: Lillie Belle Gibbs, Minnesota Farm Girl, 1877 by Terry Swanson; illustrated by Peggy Stern (Ramsey County Historical Society)
How to take the GROAN out of Grown-Ups (and Get Along!) by Eric Braun; illustrated by Steve Mark (Free Spirit Publishing)
A Kid's Guide to Saving the Planet: It's Not Hopeless and We're Not Helpless by Paul Douglas; illustrated by Chelen Écija (Beaming Books)
Meet Me Halfway by Anika Fajardo (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Monsters in the Mist by Juliana Brandt (Sourcebooks Young Readers)
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill (Hachette-Workman Publishing/Algonquin Young Readers)
Only the Brave by Katie Roiger (Fox Pointe Publishing)
The Other Side of the Fence: Ana & the Lilys by Corinda Edevold (Dorrance Publishing Company)
The Rat Queen by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)
Sherlock Cat and the Missing Mousie by Heather Edwards; illustrated by Amanda Downs
Sylvie's Silence by Katharine Johnson (Silver Fox Books/self-published)
Windswept by Margi Preus (Amulet Books/Abrams)

Minnesota Nonfiction:

Break Point: Two Minnesota Athletes and the Road to Title IX by Sheri Brenden (University of Minnesota Press)
Hidden History of Rochester, Minnesota
by Amy Hahn (Arcadia Publishing/The History Press)
Historical Disasters in Southeast Minnesota
by Steve Gardiner (Arcadia Publishing/The History Press)
Life at Night
by Philip Luoma Anderson (West of the River Press)
Minor Treasures: Diamond Gems from the Glory Days of Minnesota Baseball
by Stew Thornley, Taylor Simons, & David Kaplan (Nodin Press)
Murder at Minnesota Point
by Jeffrey Sauve (North Star Editions)
Norse Saga Room at The American Swedish Institute
by Claire Selkurt (American Swedish Institute)
On the Go All the Time: The Unusually Usual Lives of Two Midwestern Women
by Daryl Richard Lawrence (self-published)
Rochester: An Urban Biography by Virginia Wright-Peterson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
A Slap Shot in Time - The Wild but True History of the Minnesota Fighting Saints by Dan Whenesota (self-published)
The Steger Homestead Kitchen: Simple Recipes for an Abundant Life
by Will & Rita Mae Steger (University of Minnesota Press)
Teachers in the Forest
by Barry Babcock (Riverfeet Press)
When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey by Karen Cooper (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
A Window Into the Attic: Breathing Life Into a Small Minnesota Town's Founders by Paul Kilgore (Kanabec County Historical Society)

Novel & Short Story:

The Barrens by Kurt Johnson (Skyhorse-Arcade)
Blood Up North
 by Fredrick Soukup (Vine Leaves Press)
A Covid Summer by Ronald Altmann (self-published)
The Evening Hero
by Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Simon & Schuster)
Finding Grace
by Maren Cooper (She Writes Press)
Fond du lac
by John Gwinn (self-published)
Home or Away
by Kathleen West (Berkley/Penguin Random House)
Letter of Courage
by Joe Geiger with Michael Geiger (self-published)
Lost in the Land of Milk and Honey
by Robert Holmen (self-published)
Me & Agent E
by Patrick Hueller (Paradisiac Publishing)
Muskeg by Carla J. Hagen (Calumet Editions)
by John Enger (North Dakota State University Press)
The Raffle Baby
by Ruth Talbot (self-published)
Reckoning Waves
by Elliot Foster (Calumet Editions)
Sirens & Muses
 by Antonia Angress (Ballantine Books, Random House)
The Ski Jumpers by Peter Geye (University of Minnesota Press)
Somnolent Game by Michael Jacobson (Post-Asemic Press)
Splendid Anatomies by Allison Wyss (Veliz Books)
Steel by Kathleen Novak (Back Cat Text)
Stories Savory & Sweet by Margie Zats (Nodin Press)
Till the Wheels Fall Off by Brad Zellar (Coffee House Press)
Uncooperative Characters by Peter Simons (self-published)


A Breviary for the Lost: Poems for During and After by Loren Niemi (Calumet Editions)
Chlorophyll: Poems about Michigan's Upper Peninsula
by Raymond Luczak (Modern History Press)
Closer to Love by Jena Yezek (self-published)
The Dead Fitzgeralds by Danny Klecko (Paris Morning Publications)
Drawing Close, Encountering Joy - An Artist's Psalms and Prayers for the Earth by Janice E. Kirk (Resource Publications/Wipf and Stock Publications)
Fear and Promise, Remembering the Year 2020 by Evelyn Klein (Kirk House Publishers)
Green Notebook
by Jose Aguillon (self-published)
A Hit of Hope (for when it gets really bad) by Betsy Johnson (Liturgical Press)
How to Communicate by John Lee Clark (Norton)
Lines by Tim Nolan (Nodin Press)
No Feeling is Final by Ann Iverson (Kelsay Books)
Not a Lot of Reasons to Sing, but Enough by Kyle Tran Myhre (Button Poetry)
Of Ash & Fire by DJ Hill; images by Susan Solomon (Finishing Line Press)
Prairie Midden by Athena Kildegaard (Tinderbox Editions)
Real Rhyming Poems by Jon Allen (Kelsay Books)
Real Work by Janna Knittel (Nodin Press)
The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives by Linda LeGarde Grover (University of Minnesota Press)
Slouching Toward Radiance by Heidi Barr (Homebound Publications)
The Sound of Light by Greg Watson (Whistling Shade)
Spill Some New Brightness by Francine Marie Tolf (Pinyon Publishing)
So Surprised to Find You Here by Bart Sutter (Nodin Press)
Surface Displacements by Sheila Packa (Wildwood River Press)
Sweet, Young, and Worried by Blythe Baird (Button Poetry)
A Threshold We Carry by Nick Trelstad (Alabaster Leaves/Kelsay Books)
Until the Kingdom Comes by Jeanne Lutz (Atmosphere Press)
The Wet Hex by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press)

Young Adult Literature:

Becoming a Randal by Lauri Robinson (Melange, a Fire and Ice Imprint)
Born in a Red Canoe
by Katharine Johnson (Silver Fox Books/self-published)
The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen
by Gary Eldon Peter (Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing)
The Hidden Room by William Durbin (self-published)
Gender Inequality in Sports: From Title IX to World Titles
by Kristin Cronn-Mills (Lerner Publishing Group/Twenty-First Century Books)
Maxwell and the Legend of Inini-Makwa
by Simon Hargreaves (Ahr Publishing)
Mendel by Damone Bester (The Story Plant)
The Nightland Express by J.M. Lee (Erewhon Books)
The Seer by Michel Prince (Fire and Ice Books/Melange Books)
Someday We'll Find It by Jennifer Wilson (Harper Teen)
The Take-Over Friend by Carol Dines (Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing)