2020 launched the Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create contest. Brought to you by the Minnesota Library Foundation and libraries throughout the state, this contest seeks to celebrate Minnesota organizations and communities that are producing written creative works. If your group has a short story collection coming out of a classroom, a local history book by a team of librarians, a poetry anthology from a writers group, a cookbook crafted by a local foodie society, or anything in between, this contest is for you.
In order to be eligible, a book must have been created by a Minnesota based organization and available in either PDF or ePub format. The recommended minimum length is 10,000 words or 20 pages. There are no genre or creation date restrictions, and organizations of all types are encouraged to submit, including nonprofits, libraries, schools, cultural groups, historical societies, artistry guilds, and beyond.
The winning organization receives a $1,000 cash prize, honors at the Minnesota Library Association Conference, an honorary plaque, printing of the winning book, the opportunity to have the winning book available statewide in the Indie Minnesota collection on BiblioBoard Library, and media promotion throughout the state.