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.

Finalist Feature: Justice Makes a Difference

Category: Communities Create

Description: “Words are powerful,” Grandma told Justice. “They can be used in powerful ways to do good or to do harm. That’s why it’s important to always be careful with your words.”

Justice has grown up witnessing the many ways her grandma serves the community. She wants to make a difference in the world, too, but how? Isn’t she too young?

Through conversations with her grandma and their shared love of books, Justice learns about important women and men throughout history who changed the world: Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Hamilton Houston, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Paul Robeson, and Ida B. Wells. Justice learns how each leader was a champion for advancing justice and improving the world, and she dreams of becoming a change maker, too—“Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” a superhero with a law degree and an afro!

Written by Dr. Artika Tyner and Jacklyn Milton, passionate educators and community advocates, Justice Makes a Difference is the inspiring story of one little girl’s realization that her name is her destiny.

Organization: Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach. PPGJLI focuses on building pipelines of success for K-12 students, promoting academic excellence and the unveiling of each student’s limitless potential through books, educational offerings, and youth leadership summits.

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