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: Dr. Artika Tyner

Earlier this week, Minnesota’s public libraries hosted Dr. Artika Tyner, Minnesota Author Project Communities Create 2020 winner, in conversation with Stacey Hendren, librarian from Anoka County Library and 2021 Minnesota Library Association President.

Dr. Tyner is the author of  Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire. She is also the founder of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute (PPGJLI). PGJLI seeks to plant seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach. They address the challenges of promoting literacy and increasing diversity in children’s books.

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

Let us know what you thought of the event!

Finalist Feature: This Was 2020: Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year

Category: Communities Create

Description: This Was 2020: Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year is a collection of writing by Minnesotans about living through the upheavals of a historic year. The short prose and poetry pieces address the COVID-19 pandemic and the justice for George Floyd movement along with the general political climate in the United States. The writers offer heartfelt reflections on the difficulties and the joys of navigating life during lockdowns and protests. Each contribution offers a glimpse into the range of experiences and reactions that Minnesotans had in a long year of radical changes to society.

Organization: Ramsey County Library is a system of seven public libraries in suburban Ramsey County, MN.

Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the libraries in making information, books, music, and programs available to the public.

We asked Ramsey County Library, “What does the library mean to your organization or the creation of your work?”

Ramsey County Library is excited to collect Minnesotans’ writing for its first book project, documenting a historic year and engaging our communities through writing.”

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.