Welcome to the Minnesota Author Project.
Through this project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. This year's contest is now closed. If you submitted to the contest, you will hear from our judges this fall otherwise, we hope you can join us for next year's contest!

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 + 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

*For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators as part of the SELF-e program and make your book available throughout Minnesota in the statewide Indie collection.