Now in its second year, the Project honors one writer for adult fiction and one for young adult fiction annually with a $1,000 prize, provided by the Minnesota Library Association Foundation and Bibliolabs. Winners are also recognized at a reception in Nashville, TN; included in a full-page spread in Library Journal, and given the opportunity to share their work at libraries throughout the state.
Steve South, the year’s winner in the young adult fiction category, notes that “this contest helps libraries increase their already incredible value to communities by introducing more voices and perspectives.” Mitchell Davis, founder and CEO of Bibliolabs, agrees, describing the relationship between indie authors, readers and public libraries as “a celebration of literary connections.”
This year’s adult fiction winner Sarah Hanley points out that “with so many amazing books published each year both independently and traditionally, finding an audience can be especially difficult for indie authors,” so the Indie Minnesota collection (where you can find this year’s winning entries as well as other self-published books by Minnesota writers) is a great resource.
Finalists for the prizes were Diane Dettman for Courageous Footsteps and Jenna Zark for The Beat on Ruby's Street in young adult fiction, and Brian Lutterman for Nightfall and Marcia Neely for Deep Grass Roots in the adult fiction category.
The winners and some of the finalists will be at the MN Writes MN Reads table at the Twin Cities Book Festival at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Oct. 12.