Current Submissions

The following books have been submitted for the 34th annual Minnesota Book Awards. List last updated 11/15/2021. 

Children’s Picture Book:

Akua is Great by Artika Tyner, illustrated by Bilal Karaca (Planting People Growing Justice Press)
The Animals Speak: A Christmas Eve Legend by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Brittany Baugus (Beaming Books)
Basho's Haiku Journeys
by Freeman Ng, illustrated by Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem (Stone Bridge Press)
Begin with a Bee by Phyllis Root, Liza Ketchum & Jacqueline Briggs Martin; illustrated by Claudia McGehee (University of Minnesota Press)
Bellies to the Sky by Colleen Canning, illustrated by Allie Daigle (Beaver's Pond Press)
Big Yellow Firefighting Superstar by Polly Carlson-Voiles, illustrated by Consie Powell (Legacy Bound)
Caring for Clover by Linda S. Miller & Neenah Salaam, illustrated by Joanna Hallstrom (self-published)
Dear Treefrog by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Diana Sudyka (Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers)
Donut Worry by Christianne Jones, illustrated by Jack Viant (Capstone Editions/Capstone)
The Everybody Club by Nancy Loewen & Linda Hayen, illustrated by Yana Zybina (self-published)
Frogness by Sarah Nelson, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Owlkids Books)
From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia Yang; illustrated by Rachel Wada (Lerner Publishing Group/Graphic Universe)
Headstrong Hallie! The Story of Hallie Morse Daggett the First Female "Fire Guard" by Aimée Bissonette, illustrated by David Hohn (Sleeping Bear Press)
Hello, Earth! by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Hello, Mandarin Duck! by Bao Phi, illustrated by Dion MBD (Capstone Editions/Capstone)
Henry at Home by Megan Maynor; illustrated by Alea Marley (Clarion Books)
A House for Every Bird by Megan Maynor, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita (Random House Children's/Alfred A. Knopf)
How to Apologize by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Candlewick Press)
If You Want to Knit Some Mittens by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Angela Matteson (Astra Publishing House)
Jaheem's First Kwanzaa by Zephaniah Martin (Planting People Growing Justice Press)
Jayden's Impossible Garden by Mélina Mangal, illustrated by Ken Daley (Free Spirit Publishing)
Josie Dances by Denise Lajimodiere, illustrated by Angie Erdrich (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Katy Has Two Grampas by Julie Lyford & Robert A. Schanke, illustrated by Mariia Luzina
Lady Bird Johnson, That's Who! by Tracy Maurer, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu (Macmillan/Henry Holt)
The Legend of Jet the Gerbil by Michael Keller, illustrated by Patrizia Donaera (self-published)
Little Loon Finds His Voice by Yvonne Pearson, illustrated by Regina Shklovsky (The Collective Book Studio)
Little Sock Makes a Friend by Kia Heise & Christopher D. Park (Sleeping Bear Press)
Marvelous Miss Mabel Our Pandemic Puppy by Russ Nelson & Sylvie Rose Howitt (Minnesota Children's Press)
Monarch Butterflies! by Ann Hobbie, illustrated by Olga Baumert (Storey Publishing)
Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Craftiest Christmas Ever! by Chris Monroe (Lerner Publishing Group/Graphic Universe)
Patrick's Polk-Dot Tights by Kristen McCurry, illustrated by MacKenzie Haley (Capstone Editions/Capstone)
Pickles, Pickles Everywhere! by Luke Walford, illustrated by Mike Cañas (self-published)
A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela's Hope for His Nation by Lindsey McDivitt, illustrated by Charley Palmer (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Candlewick Press)
A Simple Christmas on the Farm by Phyllis Alsdurf, illustrated by Lisa Hunt (Beaming Books)
A So-o-o Hungry Picnic by Mark Frost (self-published)
Sully by Christie Lindemann (self-published)
Swimming in Grandpa's Pool by Jerry Gale, illustrated by Darcy Bell-Myers (Beaver's Pond Press)
A Tree Full of Birds by Mark Frost (self-published) 
Ten Beautiful Things 
by Molly Beth Griffin; illustrated by Maribel Lechuga (Charlesbridge Publishing)
Woofy's Big Adventure by Rhonda Buerkle; illustrated by Lane Kennedy (self-published)
Yang Warriors by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Billy Thao (University of Minnesota Press)
Yep, That's My Mommy by Jean Mountain, illustrated by Ashley Finch (Strive Publishing)

General Nonfiction:

12 Tiny Things by Heidi Barr (Broadleaf Books)
A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of
Fargo by Todd Melby (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Amalia's Mesoamerican Table - Ancient Traditions with Gourmet Infusions by Amalia Moreno Damgaard (Wise Ink)
All Who Are Weary: Easing the Burden on the Walk with Mental Illness by Emmy Kegler (Broadleaf Books)
Antitrust by Amy Klobuchar (Knopf) 
Benedictine Options
by Patrick Henry (Liturgical Press)
Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption, and the Secrets We Kept by Kim Heikkila (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Born Under the Sign of Odin by Mark Gustafson (Nodin Press)
Brando on Elvis by Gary Lindberg (Calumet Editions)
The Bright Ages by Matthew Gabriele & David M. Perry (Harper)
Building Community Food Webs by Ken Meter (Island Press)
Can't Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop's Blockbuster Year by Michaelangelo Matos (Hachette Books)
Charles Lindbergh: A Religious Biography of America's Most Infamous Pilot by Christopher Gehrz (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World by Anton Treuer (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig (Simon & Schuster)
The End of Bias: A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias by Jessica Nordell (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company) 
The Fastest Game in the World: Hockey and the Globalization of Sports
by Bruce Berglund (University of California Press)
Find a Trail or Blaze One: An Biography of Dr. Reatha Clark King by Kate Leibfried (Beaver's Pond Press)
The Gift of Green Time: 50 Ways for Families to Disconnect (and Reconnect) Outdoors - Door County 
by Beverly Gillen (self-published)
The Good Berry Cookbook: Harvesting and Cooking Wild Rice and Other Wild Foods by Tashia Hart (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Hiring Revolution: a Guide to Disrupt Racism and Sexism in Hiring by Trina C. Olson & Alfonso T. Wenker (Wise Ink)
Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist by Patrick Nathan (Counterpoint Press)
The Impossible Road Trip by Eric Dregni (The Quarto Group/Motorbooks)
Indigenous Dispossession: Housing and Maya Indebtedness in Mexico by M. Bianet Castellanos (Stanford University Press)
The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equality by Artika Tyner (American Bar Association)
Jumpstart Your Future: Lessons Learned in Career Building, Personal Finance, and Relationships by Ben Lampron (Jones Media Publishing)
The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future by Beth Dooley (University of Minnesota Press)
Portraits of Peace: Searching for Hope in Divided America by John Noltner (Broadleaf Books)
Radiant: the Dancer, the Scientist, and the Friendship Forged in Light by Liz Heinecke (Grand Central Publishing)
Sensational: The Hidden History of America's "Girl Stunt Reporters" by Kim Todd (Harper)
The Snyderverse Saga: The Culture-Shattering Phenomena Behind Zack Snyder's DC Film Universe by Daryn Kirscht (self-published)
The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic by James Densley and Jillian Peterson (Abrams Books)
War at the Speed of Light by Louis A. Del Monte (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press)
Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm (Pollination Press)
Winter's Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing by Ryan Rodgers (University of Minnesota Press)
Within These Woods by Timothy Goodwin (Riverfeet Press)
The York Patrol: The Real Story of Alvin York and the Unsung Heroes Who Made Him World War I's Most Famous Soldier by James Carl Nelson (Harper Collins/William Morrow)

Genre Fiction:

All the Blues Come Through by Metra Farrari (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)
Amara Acquired by Michel Prince (self-published)
At Her Service by Michel Prince (Pegasus Publishers)
The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd Johnson (Bethany House Publishers)
Beneath the Ruins by Louis Woyak (self-published)
Capturing the Butterfly by Sharon Grosh (Black Rose Writing)
A Comedian Walks Into a Funeral Home by Dennis Kelly (Dymaxion Press/self)
Dead Write by Susan Richards (Epicenter Press/Camel Press)
Death to the Dealers by Christine Husom (Self/The wRight Press)
Enter the Jackal by Jonathan Sweet (Brick Pickle Media)
Evil Alive by Andrew Hunkins (Beaver's Pond Press)
The Forever Sea 
by Joshua Johnson (DAW Books)
Insurrection: A Drake Cody Suspense Thriller by Tom Combs (Evoke Publishing/self)
Last Sword in the West by Ryan Kirk (Waterstone Media)
Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez (Forever)
Lightning Strike: A Novel by William Kent Krueger (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books)
The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green (Bethany House Publishers)
Lines Through a Prism by Bob Siqveland (self-published)
Lost in Legend by J.M. Palmer (Rhetaskew)
Mneme("Memory"): A Homeric Mystery by Stephen Partridge (Argive Press)
Nice Girls by Catherine Dang (HarperCollins)
The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy (Mariner Books/Harper Collins)
No Such Thing as Evil by Andrew Hunkins (Beaver's Pond Press)
Obviously, Aliens by Jennie Goloboy (Queen of Swords Press)
Quest for the Tekton by Dick Frost (self-published)
The Scarring of the Roshanra by Kara SB Brown (self-published)
Sea Smoke and Mirrors by Jenifer LeClair (Fog Harbor Press)
Shadows of Swanford Abbey by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)
She Never Left by C.M. Harris (HarperCollins UK/One More Chapter)
Siri, Who Am I?  by Sam Tschida (Quirk Books)
Sister Lost by Brenda Lyne (self-published)
The Sower by Rob Jung (self-published)
Stadelheim: Tower of Torment by Skye Smith (Potter's Wheel Publishing)
Steel Trap: A Jack Steel Thriller by Geoffrey Saign (self-published)
The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens (Hachette Book Group/Mulholland Books)
Welcome to Kamini by Don Engebretson (Guernica World Editions)
A Wolf After My Own Heart by MaryJanice Davidson (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Wolfman by Stanley Trollip (self-published)

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

Are You Borg Now? by Said Shaiye (Really Serious Literature)
Cabin in the City by John Toren (Nodin Press)
Covid Chronicles
by Mark Peter (self-published)
Difficult Gifts: A Physician's Journey to Heal Body and Mind 
by Courtney Burnett (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)
Don't Marry an American by Ben Kyriagis (Epidexion Books)
Finding Yourself After Divorce - Lessons from Someone Who's Done It by Debra Mounsey (Beaver's Pond Press)
For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son's Search for Norwegian Happiness by Eric Dregni (University of Minnesota Press)
Flashes of Grace: 33 Encounters with God by Patrick Henry (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)
Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong by Linda LeGarde Grover (University of Minnesota Press)
Hands and Heart Together: Daily Meditations for Caregivers by Patricia Hoolihan (Holy Cow! Press)
HeartStrings by Marjorie Lin Kyriopoulos (Epigraph Books)
The Home Stretch by David Nimmer (Nodin Press)
Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to Arctic by Natalie Warren (University of Minnesota Press)
A Milkweed Chronicle: The Formative Years of a Literary Nonprofit Press by Emilie Buchwald (Milkweed Editions)
Muddy Thursday by Darla Garvey (Sunny Rays)
Nutshells: Diversions in a Time of Pandemic by Doug Wilhide (Trolley Car Press)
The Part That Burns by Jeannine Ouellete (Split/Lip Press)
Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know by Tom Rademacher (University of Minnesota Press)
Reel Bay: A Cinematic Essay by Jana Larson (Coffee House Press)
Root Wisdom from the Elder's Circle by Jacqueline Maddix (In Black Ink)
Seasons of the Urban Coyote by Jim Lenfestey (Nodin Press)
Self, Divided by John Madeiros (Howling Bird Press)
Sound Like Trapped Thunder by Jessica Lind Peterson (Seneca Review Books/Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press)
The Space Pen Club: Close Encounters of the 5th Kind, UFO Disclosure, Consciousness & Other Mind Zoomers by Martin Keller (Calumet Editions)
Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope by Lisa Whalen (Hopewell Productions)
Strokeland: A Memoir by Lynette Lamb (self-published)
Travel Bravely by Adejoke Ejiofor (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)
The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life by Lee Radzak (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress by Ranae Hanson (University of Minnesota Press)
We Don't Care Who Wins So Long as Joan Loses by Joan Hasskamp (self-published)
The Witch of Eye by Kathryn Nuernberger (Sarabande Books)
You May Have the Suitcase Now by Beaudelaine Pierre (Minnesota State University Moorhead)

Middle Grade Literature:

Astrid and Apollo in Concert by V.T. Bidania (Picture Window Books/Capstone)
The Beatryce Prophecy
by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
Black Lives Matter by Artika Tyner (Lerner Publishing)
Black Voter Suppression by Artika Tyner (Lerner Publishing)
Everything Together: A Second Dad Wedding
by Benjamin Klas (Red Chair Press)
Hollow Chest by Brita Sandstrom (HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press)
In a Latke Trouble (YaYa & YoYo, Book 4) by Dori Weinstein (Five Flames Press)
The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari (HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press)
Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-To-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley (HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books)
Journey Beyond the Burrow by Rina Heisel (HarperCollins)
Kwanzaa by Artika Tyner (Capstone Editions)
Long Lost by Jacqueline West (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)
Lure of the Lake by Art Coulson (Capstone Editions/Capstone)
MARS! by Marion Dane Bauer (Simon& Schuster)
Matt Sprouts and the Curse of Ten Broken Toes by Matthew Eicheldinger (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)
Moon by Marion Dane Bauer (Simon & Schuster)
by Stephanie Watson (Sourcebooks Young Readers)
Rea and the Blood of the Nectar
by Payal Doshi (Mango and Marigold Press)
by Marian Dane Bauer (Candlewick Press)
The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu (HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press)
Vigilante Danger by Artika Tyner (Lerner Publishing)
Waffles and Pancake: Planetary-yum by Drew Brockington (Little, Brown and Company)
The White Star by Anton Martinson (Beaver's Pond Press)
A Wilder Magic by Juliana Brandt (Sourcebooks Young Readers)

Minnesota Nonfiction:

35 Years of Minnesota Women by Mikki Morrisette (Minnesota Women's Press LLC)
100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods Before You Die
by Julie Jo Larson (Reedy Press)
Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hamp Smith (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Critters, Creeks, Neighbors, and Woods: A Natural History of Isanti County by Carol Urness (Maple Ridge Press)
Flower Flies of Minnesota 
by Scott King (Pollination Press)
From the Gridiron to the Battlefield: Minnesota's March to a College Football Title and into World War II by Danny Spewak (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
Funny Thing About Minnesota...: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene by Patrick Strait (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
Kura: Prophetic Messenger by Richard Bresnahan (Kura Book Publishing, LLC)
Minnesota's Natural Heritage: Second Edition by John Moriarty, Susan Galatowitsch, Rebecca Montgomery & John Tester (University of Minnesota Press)
Neighborhood Architecture - Irvine Park, St. Paul by Jeanne Kosfeld (Ramsey County Historical Society)
Nellie Francis: Fighting for Racial Justice and Women's Equality in Minnesota by William D. Green (University of Minnesota Press)
Nick Legeros: Sculpting a Life by Karin Winegar (Edina Community Foundation)
Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehab State by Amy Sullivan (University of Minnesota Press)
St. Paul: An Urban Biography by Bill Lindeke (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Novel & Short Story:

After Francesco by Brian Malloy (Kensington/John Scognamiglio Book)
Are We There Yet? by Kathleen West (Berkley/Peguin Random House)
Brood by Jackie Polzin (Penguin Random House, Doubleday)
Carnival Lights
by Chris Stark (Modern History Press)
The Cypress Club by Jeff Wiemiller (self-published)
Final Delivery and Eight Others by Mark Thorsen (Atmosphere Press)
In Your Left Eye by Andrew Madsen (self-published)
Ivory Shoals by John Brandon (McSweeney's Literary Arts Fund)
Lemons in the Garden of Love 
by Ames Sheldon (She Writes Press)
Lies from Beechwood Drive by Michael MacBride (self-published)
Light at the Edge of the Field by Bill Meissner (Stephen F. Austin State University Press)
The Lost Notebook of Édouard Manet by Maureen Gibbon (W. W. Norton)
Old Love by Nancy Hedin (Bella Books)
Reeling by Sarah Stonich (University of Minnesota Press)
Rewriting Marguerite by JacLynn Herron (self-published)
Rise by Nancy Hedin (NineStar Press)
The Saint Patrick's Day Hero by Doug Mayfield (Grendel's Fen Press)
The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson (Milkweed Editions)
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins Publishers/Harper)
The Surrogate by Toni Halleen (Harper)
This Distance We Call Love by Carol Dines (Orison Books)
Undressing Lavinia by George Rabasa (Tasora Books)
Waterfall by Mary Casanova (University of Minnesota Press)
The Youngest Boy: Stories by Jim Heynan (Holy Cow! Press)


All Entangled by Ann Floreen Niedringhaus (self-published)
Ambiguous Parables by Ted Bowman (Nodin Press) 
The Echo Chamber
by Michael Bazzett (Milkweed Editions) 
Dead Reckoning
by Jude Nutter (Salmon Poetry)
The Fire Thief: A Life in Poems by Judith Healey (Calumet Editions)
Free Papers: poems inspired by the testimony of Eliza Winston, a Mississippi slave escaped to freedom in Minnesota in 1860 
by Mary Moore Easter (Finishing Line Press)
Homes by Moheb Soliman (Coffee House Press)
Imitation Crab by Katie Vagnino (Finishing Line Press)
I Sat On Top of a Mountain Until It Crumbled Into Eden by Joseph Davidson (North Orchard Press)
I Saw Myself Alive in a Coffin by Kait Quinn (self-published)
Knucklehead by Zach Czaia (Nodin Press)
Lake Street Speaks by Rashauenea Ambers-Winston; photos by Susan Shields (Bookmobile)
Light Rolling Slowly Backwards: New & Selected Poems by Ethna McKiernan (Salmon Poetry, Ltd.)
The Music of This Ruin by Patricia Barone (Cyberwit/Taj Mahal Review)
Once Upon a Twin: Poems by Raymond Luczak (Gallaudet University Press)
One Black Shoe by Susan Crouse (Cup and Spiral Press)
Our Delicate Barricades Downed by William Reichard (Broadstone Books)
Prognosis by Jim Moore (Graywolf Press)
Quitting Time by Patrick Cabello Hansel (Atmosphere Press)
Railman's Son by LeRoy Sorenson (Finishing Line Press)
The Second Longest Day of the Year by Jean Prokott (Howling Bird Press)
Septuagenarian: love is what happens when I die by Sherry Quan Lee (Modern History Press)
Sho by Douglas Kearney (Wave Books)
Summoned by Margaret Hasse (Nodin Press)
We're the Flownover. We Come From Flyoverland by Matt Mauch (Gold Wake)
With No Intention of Arrival by Sandra Larson (Cup and Spiral Books)
Worldly Things by Michael Kleber-Diggs (Milkweed Editions)

Young Adult Literature:

The Amalgam by Michel Prince (Fire and Ice Young Adult Books) 
The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation 
adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald; illustrated by K. Woodman-Maynard (Candlewick Press)
In My Heart: The Adoption Story Project by Alan Berks & Leah Cooper; illustrated by Becca Hart (Wonderlust Productions)
The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller (Albert Whitman/AW Teen)
Peacebunny Island: The Extraordinary Journey of a Boy and His Comfort Rabbits, and How They're Teaching Us About Hope and Kindness by Caleb Smith (Tyndale Momentum)
Raven Creek by Therese Pautz (Beyond Eden Press LLC)
The Spy Who Raised Me by Ted Anderson (Lerner Publishing Group/Graphic Universe)