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Call For Entries in the Minnesota Statewide Author Contest

Minnesota Author Project creates opportunities for self-published authors

Lake Agassiz Regional Library is pleased to announce a call for entries in this year’s statewide contest for independently-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction in Minnesota.

The winners will receive:

  • $1000 each in adult and young adult categories. Prizes sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.
  • Honors at an Indie Author Project celebration reception in 2021
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news

For indie-published authors, the contest is a great way to elevate their careers and business. Being recognized by libraries creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Sarah Hanley, 2019 winner in the Adult Fiction category, describes how “the contest has connected me with readers from across the state and nation, and has opened up amazing opportunities.”

According to Publisher’s Weekly, the number of self-published books increased by 40% in 2018, totaling more than 1.4 million titles. The Minnesota Author Project (combined with the MN Writes MN Reads suite of resources for writers to use to self-publish their work) allows libraries to encourage new work from this growing group.

Submissions will be accepted from April 1-May 31, 2020. Authors are invited to submit entries and to check out the free self-publishing resources available through MN Writes MN Reads. Each book submitted to the contest must be an independently-published work of adult or young adult fiction, written by a Minnesota resident and available in either PDF or ePUB format. Multiple submissions are welcome.

The public encouraged to check out the indie Minnesota library.  Download the Biblioboard Library app or go to

All locations will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with regular hours resuming January 19.
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