Current Submissions

The following books have been submitted for the 31st annual Minnesota Book Awards. Finalists will be announced January 26, 2019.

Children’s Picture Book:

A to Z Come Read With Me by Gary Harbo (Kutie Kari Books, Inc.)

Best Friends in the Universe by Stephanie Watson, illustrations by LeUyen Pham (Orchard Books)

The Case of the Missing Poodle, a Detective Ducky Story by Ben Kubicek (self-published)

Snow Day!: A Story Told in 24 Poem Forms by CA Nobens (Beaver’s Pond Press)

How Many? A Counting Book by Christopher Danielson (Stenhouse Publishers)

Meet My Family!: Animal Babies and Their Families by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

Our Mama is a Beautiful Garden by Katy Tessman, illustrated by Jessica Bailey (self-published)

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books For Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers)

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Mélina Mangal, illustrated by Luisa Uribe (Millbrook Press/Lerner Publishing Group)

General Nonfiction:

The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World by John D. Bessler (Carolina Academic Press)

Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice by Elizabeth Jarrett (Andrew Skinner House Books)

Love Without Limits by Jacqueline Bussie (Fortress Press)

Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company by C. Roger Pellett (Wayne State University Press)

Genre Fiction:

The Coyote by Pete Simons (self-published)

Hound of God by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Mercy’s Chase by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink/Llewellyn Publications)

The Wizard of Suomen by Ethelinda Webb (self-published)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Draftee (A Buffoon in Vietnam) by Mark S. Peters (self-published)

The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor’s Account of America’s Crumbling Infrastructure by Kimberly J. Brown (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press)

Journey: The Gift of Being a Psychic Medium by Lisa Andres (self-published)

Just One Question: A Road Trip Memoir by Ty Sassaman (Mill City Press)

Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi by Wang Ping (The University of Georgia Press)

Maja and Me: My Journey with My Lesbian Daughter by Mary Rose Knutson (Paddle Press)

A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing by David Mura (The University of Georgia Press)

Unseen Worlds: Adventures at the Crossroads of Vodou Spirits and Latter-day Saints by Marilène Phipps (Calumet Editions)

The Wait: Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Heart Transplant List by Jennifer Bonner, with Susan Cushman (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Middle Grade Literature:

Can Any Bunny Be An Easter Bunny? by Mary Ann Waldron, illustrated by Monica Zrust (Minnesota Heritage Publishing)

The Ostrich and Other Lost Things by Beth Hautala (Philomel Books/Penguin Random House)

The Tukor’s Journey by Jeannine Kellogg (Jagged Compass LLC)

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Minnesota Nonfiction:

Edwin H. Lundie ~ Companion ~ The Office of an Architect by Peter J. O’Toole (Artist Book Press, Ltd.)

Novel & Short Story:

The Arch by Gary Crask (self-published)

The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard: A Novel by Kathleen Novak (The Permanent Press)

The Beyond Now Device: A Fictional Exploration of Time by Mark Hollock (self-published)

Buffalo Man: Life of a Boy Giant on the Minnesota River Joseph A. Amato (Crossings Press)

Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez (BookBaby)

Emerging Man by Steve McEllistrem (Calumet Editions)

Liberating Duluth by D.E. Peterson (self-published)

The Lion’s Binding Oath and Other Stories by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (Catalyst Press)

Matka by Sarah Hanley (Edward Wayne Publishing)

The Patron Saint of Lost Girls by Maureen Aitken (Southeast Missouri State University Press)

The Rainy Year by Harold Fenske (self-published)

The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn (Bloomsbury USA)

A Symphony of Rivals by Roma Calatayud-Stocks (Calumet Editions)


Cloud Song by Leslie Schultz (Kelsay Books)

Fitzpatrick by Richard Carr (Broadstone Books)

GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime by Chaun Webster (Noemi Press)

Interrogation Room by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (White Pine Press)

Suspension by Paige Riehl (Terrapin Books)

Whispers from the Aural World by Karolyn Redoute (Plain View Press)

Young Adult Literature:

Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley (North Dakota State University Press)

Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown (Albert Whitman & Company)

Escape to Fort Abercrombie by Candace Simar (Five Star Publishing/Gale Cengage)