Finalists announced for 2022 Minnesota Author Project

The Minnesota Author Project celebrates indie-published authors and community writing collaborations. Congratulations to all the finalists!


Winners will be announced at the 2022 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference and will receive $2000 cash prize, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.

Stay tuned for features of these books and their authors, coming soon. Read the ebooks now on BiblioBoard Library.

Announcing the winners of the 2021 Minnesota Author Project!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Minnesota Author Project! This is the fourth year celebrating the contest, which recognizes the best indie-published authors in Minnesota.

I Know an Old Lady (Adult Fiction)







Secret Legacy (Young Adult Fiction)







The Communities Create category, in its second year, celebrates Minnesota organizations and communities that are producing written creative works, especially with the support of their local library.

This Was 2020 (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 and supporting these winners!


Online Author Event: Sarah Hanley & Thomas Peacock

Earlier this week, Minnesota’s public libraries hosted Minnesota Author Project Adult Fiction winners Sarah Hanley and Thomas D. Peacock in conversation Kaylin Creason, librarian from Washington County Library.

Sarah Hanley’s debut novel, Matka, won the 2019 Minnesota Author Project award for adult fiction. Her second novel, Past the Midway, was released in 2020.

Thomas Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He has co-authored/authored books on Ojibwe history and culture, education, fiction and racism. His book, The Wolf’s Trail, won the 2020 Minnesota Author Project for adult fiction.

MN Writes MN Reads is a program of the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators. This author panel is funded by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Let us know what you thought of the event!