Call for entries in the Minnesota statewide author contests

Minnesota Author Project creates opportunities for self-published authors 

and community writing collaborations

Minnesota public libraries are pleased to announce the call for entries in this year’s Minnesota Author Project statewide contest for independently-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction.  This is the contest’s fourth year.  The Minnesota Author Project Communities Create category, introduced last year, is also inviting entries for its second year. Communities Create seeks creative written work by Minnesota organizations and communities.

Submissions in all three categories will be accepted from April 1-May 31, 2021.

For award and prize details and full submission requirements, visit

Marlene Moulton Janssen, president of the Minnesota Library Foundation, points out that “Self-publishing platforms and electronic access such as BiblioBoard Library are examples of the many ways that libraries assist readers in finding independent authors and provide access to the results of community writing collaborations.”  For indie-published authors, being recognized by libraries creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Bethany Atazadeh, the 2020 winner in the Young Adult category for her book The Stolen Kingdom, particularly valued “more library exposure and getting to know brand new readers.”

According to Publisher’s Weekly, the number of self-published books increased by 40% in 2018, totaling more than 1.4 million titles. Though more recent totals aren’t yet available, it’s probable that many people started writing projects during the pandemic, and we encourage them to take this opportunity to reach thousands of new readers via Minnesota’s libraries!

And everyone, writers and readers alike, is encouraged to check out the Indie Minnesota library.  Download the Biblioboard Library app or access via web browser.

Announcing the winners of the 2020 Minnesota Author Project!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Minnesota Author Project! This is the third year celebrating the contest, which recognizes the best indie-published authors in Minnesota.

The Wolf’s Trail (Adult Fiction)

Thomas D. Peacock


The Stolen Kingdom (YA Fiction)

Bethany Atazadeh








New in 2020 is Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create. Communities Create celebrates Minnesota organizations and communities that are producing written creative works.

Justice Makes a Difference (Communities Create)







Winners each received $1,000 and an honorary plaque. Prizes are sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.

Read the winners now on BiblioBoard Library.

Join MN Writes MN Reads in celebrating these winners!

Finalist Feature: Saint Paul Almanac

Category: Communities Create

Description: Saint Paul Almanac: Resistance and Resilience is an anthology filled with artwork, poems, history, essays, and more illuminating the experience of living in a diverse urban area.

“There are stories of grief, anger and injustice as well as stories of love, affirmation, and celebration. There are stories of resistance that inspire us to hope for a more just world. We also noticed a thread of profound resilience: the courage to take a risk, the ability to adapt, the determination to follow one’s dreams, and the spirit of working together. We hope that these stories, poems and artwork will be treasured as representative of the beauty of Saint Paul as well as where change, inclusion, and healing are still needed.”
—Wendy Brown-Baéz

Organization: Saint Paul Almanac was created in 2005 with the artistic goal of bringing the Saint Paul community together through the literary arts. The Saint Paul Almanac is a people’s meeting space for sharing the stories of the community through an annual book, public readings, and a community editor mentorship program.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.