Communities Create

Brought to you by the Minnesota Library Foundation and libraries throughout the state, the annual Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create contest seeks to celebrate Minnesota organizations and communities that are producing written creative works, especially with the support of their local library.

If your group has a short story collection coming out of a classroom, a poetry anthology from a writers group, a cookbook crafted by a local foodie society, or anything in between, this contest is for you.

The contest accepts submissions from April 1st through May 31st through the Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create submission page. In order to be eligible for the contest a work must be:

  • Created by a Minnesota based organization
    • Nonprofits, libraries, schools, writers groups, historical societies, etc. are all eligible
    • One member may submit on behalf of their organization
    • There are no genre or creation/publication date restrictions
  • Available in either EPUB (strongly recommended) or PDF format, and
  • recommended minimum length of 10,000 words or 20 pages

In addition to being evaluated on quality, judges will also consider the role libraries have played in supporting the organization or the creation of the work being submitted.

The winning organization will receive:

  • $2,000 cash prize
  • Honors at the 2024 Minnesota Library Conference
  • An honorary plaque
  • Printing of the winning work
  • The opportunity to have the winning work available statewide in the Indie Minnesota collection on BiblioBoard Library
  • Media promotion throughout the state

Are you ready to share your group’s work? Submit here!

Need help formatting your work or creating a book file so that your work is ready to share? Check out the free publishing tools available to all Minnesota library users through MN Writes MN Reads.