Minnesota Author Project

Calling all authors! This is your time to shine! 

Great River Regional Library joins libraries throughout the state in announcing the call for entries in this year’s Minnesota Author Project statewide contest for independently published works in three categories: Young Adult, Adult Fiction, and Communities Create. Multiple submissions are welcome. Communities Create seeks creative written work by Minnesota organizations and communities. This is the contest’s seventh year.

Submissions will be accepted from April 1-May 31, 2024 (click here).

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $2,000 each in adult and young adult categories. Prizes are sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and Lyrasis.
  • Honors at the 2024 Minnesota Library Conference
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Minnesota public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection (ePUB format required for eligibility)
  • If available, print copies of your book will be purchased and made available for checkout through Minnesota’s public libraries.
  • Inclusion and promotion in Indie Minnesota, a digital collection of local authors available on BiblioBoard Library. (Winners and finalists)
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB (strongly encouraged) or PDF file

For the Communities Create category, the winning organization/group will receive:

  • $2,000 cash prize (provided by the Minnesota Library Foundation and Bibliolabs)
  • Honors at the 2024 Minnesota Library Conference
  • Honorary plaque
  • Printing of the winning book
  • Opportunity to have the winning book available throughout the state in the Indie
    Minnesota collection on BiblioBoard Library
  • Media promotion throughout Minnesota

Each book that is submitted to the Communities Create contest must be:

  • Created by a Minnesota-based organization or group
  • Available in either ePub (strongly recommended) or PDF format
  • A recommended minimum length of 10,000 words or 20 pages is recommended

For additional details, visit https://indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/minnesota/ for the Adult and Young Adult categories, and https://indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/minnesota-creates/ for the Communities Create category. For free resources to get started and for a link to the Indie Minnesota Collection, visit https://www.mnwritesmnreads.org.

The Minnesota Author Project is through MN Writes MN Reads (an ebook platform used by GRRL) and in partnership with Library Journal, Biblioboard, and Minnesota Library Foundation.