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.

Top 10 circulating Indie Author Project Select reads of 2020

BiblioBoard recently shared the top 10 circulating Indie Author Project Select titles of 2020, across all BiblioBoard Library partners.

MN Writes MN Reads is celebrating all of these indie titles, but in particular, the TWO Minnesota titles on the list.

  1. The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson | Canton Public Library, Massachusetts
  2. I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn | East Central Regional Library, Minnesota
  3. The Adventures of Stu: Stu and the Aliens by Patricia Gilbers | St. Louis County Library, Missouri
  4. Between Will and Surrender by Margaret M. Duarte | Franklin Community Library, California
  5. Woman King by Evette Davis | San Francisco Public Library, California
  6. Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire by Artika R. Tyner | Ramsey County Library, Minnesota
  7. Rosehead by Ksenia Anske | Seattle Public Library, Washington
  8. Diana, Herself by Martha Beck | San Luis Obispo County Library, California
  9. The Illuminator’s Gift by Alina Sayre | San Jose Public Library, California
  10. A Queen From the North by Erin McRae | Brooklyn Public Library, New York

All of these titles are available as simultaneous-use reads on BiblioBoard Library.

A special shout-out to East Central Regional Library and Ramsey County Library as the local libraries supporting these particular Minnesota indie authors!

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!