Current Submissions

The following books have been submitted for the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards. List last updated 12/28/2020. 

Children’s Picture Book:

Alien Tomato by Kristen Schroeder, illustrations by Mette Engell (Page Street Kids)
Bee Love (Can Be Hard) by Alan Page and Kamie Page (Page Education Foundation)
Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom, illustrations by Shane W. Evans (Harper)
Bike and Trike by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrations by Brian Biggs (Simon & Schuster)
A Bowl Full of Peace: A True Story by Caren Stelson, illustrations by Akira Kusaka (Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Books)
Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrations by Hiroe Nakata (Amazon Publishing, Two Lions)
A Children's History of Grand Marais, Minnesota: Ice Cream & Fish by Linnea Ljosenvoor (Minnesota Children's Press Pandemic Publishing Project)
A Common Thirst by Gary Boelhower (Beaver's Pond Press)
Dads by John Coy, illustrations by Wing Young Huie (Lerner Publishing Groups, Carolrhoda Books)
Do Not Rake Your Garden in a Party Dress by Aimée Bissonette, illustrations by Kelly Pousette (Cameron & Company/Cameron Kids)
Do You Hoot? by Richard Hoeg (self)
Equality's Call by Deborah Diesen, illustrations by Magdalena Mora
Ghana: A Place I Call Home by Monica Habia, illustrations by Amakai Quaye (Planting People Growing Justice Press)
A Girl Like You by Carla Murphy and Frank Murphy, illustrations by Kayla Harren (Cherry Lake Publishing Group - Sleeping Bear Press)
Happy Cells! by Bronwyn Tollefson, illustrations by Haude Levesque (self)
Helga Makes a Name for Herself by Megan Maynor, illustrations by Eda Kaban (Clarion Books)
Kofi Loves Music 
by Artika Tyner, illustrations by Bilal Karaca (Planting People Growing Justice Press)
Looking for Smile by Ellen Tarlow, illustrations by Lauren Stringer (Simon & Schuster)
The Mermaid and the Whale by Djenane Saint Juste (self)
Monkey with a Tool Belt Blasts Off! by Chris Monroe (Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Books)
The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrations by Khoa Le (Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Books)
Myleigh's Magical Curls by Linda S. Miller, illustrations by Emily Hercock (self)
On the Shortest Day by Laura Sulentich Fredrickson, illustrations by Laurie Caple (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
One Little Lot: The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden
by Diane C. Mullen, illustrations by Oriol Vidal (Charlesbridge)
One Summer Up North by John Owens (University of Minnesota Press)
Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon by KT Johnston (Capstone Editions)
See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle, illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka (Candlewick Press)
Secrets of the Loon by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrations by Chuck Dayton (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
The Shared Room by Kao Kalia Yang (University of Minnesota Press)
Small Walt Spots Dot by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrations by Marc Rosenthal (Simon & Schuster)
So Big and So Small by John Coy, illustrations by Steph Lew (Beaming Books)
Super Kena - A Girl Made Fierce with Hearing Aids by Becky Cymbaluk, illustrations by Zuzana Svobodova (self)
Takóža: Walks with the Blue Moon Girl by Tara Perron (Black Bears and Blueberry Publishing)
Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story by Lindsey McDivitt, illustrations by Matt Faulkner (Cherry Lake Publishing Group - Sleeping Bear Press)
The Two Flowers by Linda S. Miller, illustrations by Marian Gorin (self)
The Whatifs by Emily Kilgore, illustrations by Zoe Persico (Little Bee Books)
When Winter Comes by Aimée Bissonette, illustrations by Erin Hourigan (Sasquatch Books, Little Bigfoot)
World So Wide by Alison McGhee, illustrations by Kate Alizedah (Two Lions, Amazon Publishing)
The World We Choose by Kevin Kunkel, illustrations by Melissa Favorite (Beaver's Pond Press)

General Nonfiction:

40 Thieves on Saipan by Cynthia Kraack and Joseph Tachovsky (Regnery History)
100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer (Chronicle Books)
The Boston Massacre by Serena Zabin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Bring that Beat Back: How Sampling Built Hip-Hop
by Nate Patrin (University of Minnesota Press)
A Change is Gonna Come: How to Have Effective Political Conversations in a Divided America by Brian Harrison (Oxford University Press)
God in Gotham: The Miracle of Religion in Modern Manhattan 
by Jon Butler (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
Hazel Belvo: A Matriarch of Art by Julie L'Enfant (Afton Press)
Heart on the Page: a Portable Writing Workshop by Wendy Brown-Baez (Bookbaby)
How the Streets Were Made: Housing Segregation and Black Life in America by Yelena Bailey (University of North Carolina Press)
IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives by Chris Stedman (Broadleaf Books)
The Language Warrior's Manifesto by Anton Treuer (Minnesota Historical Society Press) 
Loud Fast Words by David Pirner (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Love, Zac: Small Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy by Reid Forgrave (Algonquin Books)
Martha L. Zimmerman Paj Ntaub Collection by Brian Xiong (Hmong Education Resources Publisher)
The Midwest Native Plant Primer: 225 Plants for an Earth Friendly Garden by Alan Branhagen (Timber Press)
The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie a True Patriot by Tamara Thayer (self/Minnesota Historical Writers)
Oromo Witness by Abdul Dire (Flexible Press)
Our Gay History in Fifty States by Zaylore Stout (Wise Ink)
Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan Slaght (Farrar Straus and Giroux)
Personal Finance for K-12 Teachers by Michael Fridgen (Dreamlly Books)
Preventative Wealth Care...Got Protection? by Dale Creed Francis (self)
The Scientist and the Spy: a True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage by Mara Hvistendahl (Penguin Random House, Riverhead)
Smile More, Stress Less: A Playful Method to End Anxiety, Be Calm, & Achieve Happiness with Awareness by Geoffrey Saign (self)
Sounds from the Other Side: Afro-South Asian Collaboration in Black Popular Music by Elliot Powell (University of Minnesota Press)
The Stairway to Life: An Origin-of-Life Reality Check by Robert Stadler (self)
Synthesis: Lost and Found in America: The Art of Vesna Kittelson by Lyndel King (Afton Press) 
The Torture Doctors: Human Rights Crimes & the Road to Justice 
by Steven Miles (Georgetown University Press)
A Walk Around the Block by Spike Carlsen (HarperOne, Harper Collins)
Wolf Island: Discovering the Secrets of a Mythic Animal by L. David Mech (University of Minnesota Press)
Work Like a Boss, A Kick-in-the-Pants Guide to Finding (and Using) Your Power at Work by Nancy Lyons (Wise Ink)

Genre Fiction:

The Cannibal Gardener by Joe Pawlowski (self)
A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group)
Cold Tears by Charles Nelson (self)
Deadfall by Brian Lutterman (Conquill Press)
Dead West by Matt Goldman (Forge Books/Tom Doherty Associates/Macmillan)
The Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman (Blackstone Publishing)
Devil in the Wire by Michael Clark (Shaved Dog Book Press)
Don't Make Me Teach Third Grade! by Steven Whipple (self)
Essence of Life by Darren Boeck (Haze Gray Press/self)
From the Grave by David Housewright (Minotaur)
Funeral for a Friend by Brian Freeman (Blackstone Publishing)
Get Idiota by Nate Granzow (Self)
The Good Evil Queen by Michael Fridgen (Archway)
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez (Forever Romance)
The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb (Lake Union Publishing)
In a Midnight Wood by Ellen Hart (Minotaur)
Kill Sight by Geoffrey Saign (self)
A Kingdom's Quest by James Troe (self)
Lazarus Rising
 by Sharon Grosh (Black Rose Writing)
Malcharist by Paul John Scott (Samizdat House)
Paper Tigers by Ben Desbois (self)
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Evolution by Brian Freeman (Penguin Publishing Group, Putnam)
Should Grace Fail by Priscilla Paton (Epicenter/Coffeetown Press)
Steel Justice by Geoffrey Saign (self)
The Streel: A Deadwood Mystery by Mary Logue (University of Minnesota Press)
Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia (Simon & Schuster/Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow by Kevin Kuhn (Beaver's Pond Press)
Thief River Falls 
by Brian Freeman (Thomas & Mercer)
Things We Didn't Say by Amy Green (Bethany House)
Traces by Carl Brookins (Beaver's Pond Press)
Voyager by Michael MacBride (self)
The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)
The Weirdos: Volume 1 by Dennis Vogen (self/Sleeping Kitty Productions)
Where Water Collides With Stone by Timothy McDonnell (Beaver's Pond Press)
Whisperer by Ron Altmann (self)
Write to Die by Susan Richards (Epicenter Press, Camel Press)
Year Zero by Benjamin Percy (AWA Studios)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Bow Wow Needs a "Real" Lawyer! A Public Defender's Life by Jeffrey Ward (self)
Care Under Fire by Bill Strusinski (Calumet Editions/Wisdom Editions)
The Classic Sporting Art of Bob White by Bob White (Stackpole Books/Globe Pequot)
Doubting Faithfully: Confessions of a Skeptical Pastor by Keith Long (self)
Everything is a Little Bit Alright: Yoga, Meditation, and a Dog Named Roy by Daniel Hertz (Shanti Arts Publishing)
Far Out Man: Tales of Life in the Counterculture by Eric Utne (Random House)
Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker's Fight for Her Son by Mindy Greiling (University of Minnesota Press)
French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris by Scott Dominic Carpenter (Travelers' Tales)
HUMAN | nature by Tim Werner (self)
If You See Me: My Six-Decade Journey in Rock and Roll by Pepé Willie (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
No One Left Behind, an Unexpected Educational Adventure at Machu Picchu by Debra Eckerman Pitton (Lost Lake Folk Art/Shipwreckt Books)
Proximities art, education, activism by Linda Brooks (TC Photo)
Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company)
Still Laughing, Still Learning, Still Looking for a Good Title: Mostly True Stories of Family, Friends, Faith & Foibles by William Chadwick (Beaver's Pond Press)
Surgical Renaissance in the Heartland: A Memoir of the Wangensteen Era by Henry Buchwald (University of Minnesota Press)
Things I'm Thinking About: A daughter's thoughts on the loss of her mom by Nickie Kromminga Hill (self)
Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays by Carolyn Holbrook (University of Minnesota Press)
Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story 
by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Boyle & Dalton)
Waging Peace: One Soldier's Story of Putting Love First by Diana Oestreich (Broadleaf Books)
The War Requiem by Kaia Solveig Preus (Essay Press)

Middle Grade Literature:

Appalachian Trail by Marion Dane Bauer (Simon & Schuster)
Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout by VT Bidania (Capstone Editions)
CatStronauts: Digital Disaster by Drew Brockington (Little, Brown and Company)
Flood! by Marion Dane Bauer (Simon & Schuster)
Galileo! Galileo! by Jane Donovan & Holly Trechter (self/Sky Candle Press)
I'll be in 4th Grade Soon, Right? (...So I Can Start a Band Instrument?) by Milissa Nelson (self/Birch Bark Press)
An Illustrated Guide to Kip's Shakespearean Insults by Kip Hathaway (Minnesota Children's Press Pandemic Publishing Project)
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids by Liz Heinecke (The Quarto Group, Quarry Books)
The Littlest Voyageur by Margi Preus (Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House Publishing)
Lukezilla Beats the Game by Kurtis Scaletta (Capstone Editions)
Second Dad Summer by Benjamin Klas (One Elm Books/Red Chair Press)
The Silver Box: An Enchantment Lake Mystery by Margi Preus (University of Minnesota Press)
Two Days and One Suitcase by Anne Neuberger (self)
Volcano! by Marion Dane Bauer (Simon & Schuster)
What if a Fish by Anika Fajardo (Simon & Schuster)

Minnesota Nonfiction:

Daybreak Woman by Jane Lamm Carroll (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Duluth: An Urban Biography
by Tony Dierckins (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture by Jane King Hession (University of Minnesota Press)
Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis by Jim Walsh (University of Minnesota Press)
Ghosts of the U.S. Dakota War by Adrian Lee (Calumet Editions)
Great Northern Iron: James J. Hill's 109-Year Mining Trust by James A. Stolpestad (Ramsey County Historical Society)
Grocery Activism: The Radical History of Food Cooperatives in Minnesota by Craig Upright (University of Minnesota Press)
History of Heartbreak by Dan Whenesota (Lake 7 Creative, LLC)
Land of 10,000 Plates: Stories and Recipes from Minnesota by Patrice M. Johnson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Minneapolis: An Urban Biography by Tom Weber (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century by Anthony R. Scott (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell by Sue Leaf (University of Minnesota Press)
More Minnesota Gold by Patrick Mader (self)
Pints North: Minnesota's Craft Beer Culture by Katelyn Regenscheid (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
The Secret Places of Southwest Minnesota by David Pichaske (Ellis Pres)
Tourney Time: Stories from the Minnesota Boys' State Hockey Tournament by David LaVaque (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes by Joan Growe (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
A Woman's War, Too: Women at Work During World War II by Virginia Wright-Peterson (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Novel & Short Story:

American Gospel by Lin Enger (University of Minnesota Press)
Bliss by Fredrick Soukup (Regal House Publishing)
A Clean Heart by John Rosengren (Mango)
Compassion, Michigan: The Ironwood Stories 
by Raymond Luczak (Modern History Press)
Half the Terrible Things by Paul Legler (North Dakota State University Press)
House of Fossils 
by Marilène Phipps (Calumet Editions)
The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony (Harper Collins, Park Row Books)
The Land by Thomas Maltman (Soho Press)
Maiden Leap by CM Harris (Blink Books)
Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West (Penguin Random House, Berkley)
Moving in Stereo by Thomas Trondson (Calumet Editions)
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
Northernmost by Peter Geye (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Opposite of Fate by Alison McGhee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mariner Books)
Rodham: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld (Penguin Random House)
Rooked, Wall Street Never Saw It Coming by Susan Joyce (self)
The Roughest Courage by Wendy Kavaney (self)
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux
Some People Let You Down by Mike Alberti (University of North Texas Press)
Stone Wall & Other Stories by Connie Szarke (Newman Springs)
The Sun Collective by Charles Baxter (Pantheon Books)
The Swineherd's Angel 
by Forrest Peterson (self)
Theia by Dennis Vogen (Self/Sleeping Kitty Productions)
The Things You Left by Raki Kopernik (Unsolicited Press)
The Unbearable Unlikeness of Being by Jean Wolf (SassyGirl Press)
The Wolf's Trail: an Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves by Thomas D. Peacock (Holy Cow! Press)


An Incomplete List of Names by Michael Torres (Beacon Press)
Before We Remember We Dream by Bryan Thao Worra (Sahtu Press)
Blood Moon
 by Patricia Kirkpatrick (Milkweed Editions)
Burning Province by Michael Prior (McClelland & Stewart)
Catrachos by Roy G. Guzmán (Graywolf)
Dogged by Ronald Palmer (Potter's Wheel Publishing House)
Feel Puma: Poems by Ray Gonzalez (University of New Mexico Press)
From the Flutes of Our Bones by Mary Moore Easter (Nodin Press)
Ghosting by Steve McCown (Up on Big Rock Poetry Series)
Heart Wood by Mary Logue (Homebound Publications)
Homie by Danez Smith (Graywolf)
Letdown by Sonia Greenfield (White Pine Press)
Letters to Minnehaha Creek by Victoria Lin Peterson-Hilleque (Unsolicited Press)
Loudest When Startled by Lukas Ray Hall (YesYes Poetry)
If You Have Something to Say, Margaret by Marge Barrett (WordTech Communications, LLC, CW Books)
In Code by Maryann Corbett (Able Muse)
Italian Days & Hours by Thom Tammaro (Competent Backstop Press)
My Name is Immigrant by Wang Ping (Hanging Loose Press)
Now I Live Among Old Trees by Norita Dittberner-Jax (Nodin Press)
Ordinary Blessings by Meta Herrick Carlson (Fortress Press)
The Sacred Prairie: Reflections of Nature and Self by Edie Barrett (Follow Your Heart Press, Self)
Shelter by Margaret Hasse, paintings by Sharon DeMark (Nodin Press)
Sitting in Lawn Chairs After a Complicated Day by Marg Walker (Nodin Press)
Sparks by Delta Eddy (Up on Big Rock Poetry Series/Shipwreckt Books)
Starting Again by Brian Satrom (Finishing Line Press)
The Temple by Michael Bazzett (Bull City Press)
What Falls Away Is Always: Poems and Conversations by Richard Terrill (Holy Cow! Press)
What Trees Know by Emilio Degrazia (Nodin Press)
Wound from the Mouth of a Wound by Torrin Greathouse (Milkweed Editions)

Young Adult Literature:

Defying the Ghosts: A Haunted House Story by Joan Marie Verba (FTL Publications)
Even Goats Need Closure by Jane Donovan (Sky Candle Press/self)
Guardian, The Sacrifice: Magical Beasts, Book 3 by Geoffrey Saign (self)
Guardian, The Stand: Magical Beasts, Book 4 by Geoffrey Saign (self)
My Eyes Are Up Here
 by Laura Zimmermann (Dutton Books/Penguin Young Readers Group)
by Nicole Kronzer (Abrams/Amulet)
Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus (Abrams/Amulet)
We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu (Sourcebooks Fire)
Where We Are by Alison McGhee (Simon & Schuster)
The Whitsun Daughters 
by Carrie Mesrobian (Dutton Books/Penguin Young Readers Group)