Announcing the First Annual “Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create” Contest

Minnesota public libraries are pleased to announce the call for entries in the first annual Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create contest. 

For Minnesota organizations and communities who have creative written work to share –  a short story collection from a classroom, a local history book by a team of librarians, a poetry anthology from a writers group, a cookbook by a local foodie society – this new contest is the perfect opportunity to get that work out to a wide audience and maybe win a contest in the process!

Marlene Moulton Janssen, board member of the Minnesota Library Foundation, which sponsors the Minnesota Author Project (along with Minnesota’s libraries and Bibliolabs), explains that this new contest category is designed “to recognize community-created writing and to highlight the central role that libraries play in providing support for local authors and the communities they serve.”

Submissions will be accepted from April 1-May 31, 2020.

The winning organization will receive:

  • A $1000 cash prize
  • Honors at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Conference
  • An honorary plaque
  • Printing of the winning book and the opportunity to make the book available statewide in the Indie Minnesota collection on BiblioBoard Library
  • Media promotion throughout the state

In order to be eligible for the contest, the book must be:

  • have been created by a Minnesota-based organization
  • available in either PDF or ePub format
  • be of a recommended minimum length of 10,000 words or 20 pages

There are no genre or creation date restrictions, and organizations of all types are encouraged to submit their work, including nonprofits, libraries, schools, cultural groups, historical societies, artistry guilds, and beyond.

Groups are invited to submit entries at  Groups that have content ready but need help formatting or creating a book file are encouraged to use the free MN Writes MN Reads self-publishing resources available to all Minnesota residents.

Introduction to MN Writes MN Reads @ GRRL Paynesville

It’s NaNoWriMo! Great River Regional Library is hosting an Introduction to MN Writes MN Reads class

Branch: Paynesville
Date: Tue Nov 5, 2019
Agegroups: Adults, Teens
Time: 1:00 PM PM

For writers interested in these easy-to-use, free resources for publishing and sharing eBooks, and for readers interested in discovering books by local writers available through MN Writes MN Reads. Local Writers–Create can eBooks and share them with readers across Minnesota and potentially the United States. Readers can find eBooks published by independent authors. Limit 15. For age 15 and up.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Register for the event.