2019 Minnesota Author Project – Accepting Applications April 1 through May 31, 2019

Minnesota Libraries Launch Local Author Contest

Minnesota Author Project creates opportunities for indie-published authors

Arrowhead Library System is pleased to join in the announcement of a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top independently-published eBooks in Minnesota.

Winners in each category will receive $1,000 as well as:

  • Inclusion and promotion in Indie Minnesota, a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library (winners and finalists),
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN,
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Minnesota public libraries,
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news, and
  • If available, print copies of your book will be purchased and made available for checkout through Minnesota’s public libraries

The creation of the Minnesota Author Project gives librarians not only a chance to engage with a growing group of fresh literary voices, but also an opportunity to play an active role in the discovery and promotion of new works.

For indie-published authors, the contest is a fantastic prospect to elevate their careers and businesses. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via the library and can also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Independently-published,
  • In the category of adult or young adult fiction,
  • Written by a Minnesota resident, and
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format.

Multiple submissions are welcome!

The contest will accept submissions April 1, 2019, through May 31, 2019. Authors can submit at indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/minnesota.

Mollie Stanford
Arrowhead Library System

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