Minnesota Author Project

We're looking for the best self-published books in the state.

This year's contest kicks off on April 1, 2018, and submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2018.

Prizes and eligibility
The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 each in Adult and Young Adult categories. Prizes sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs.
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal.
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Seattle.
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) in Minnesota public libraries.
  • A Library Journal digital review (winners and honorable mentions).
  • If available, print copies of your book will be purchased and made available for checkout through Minnesota's public libraries.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Check out Ramsey County Library's free self-publishing resources, MN Writes MN Reads. Submit your work on the Indie Author Project website, opens a new window.

A panel of Minnesota librarians, educators, booksellers and local authors will judge the submissions. The contest is in partnership with Library Journal, Self-e and the Minnesota Library Foundation.