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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Minnesota Libraries Launch Statewide Author Contest

As part of Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), Anoka County Library is pleased to join in the announcement of a new statewide contest that will accept submissions of self-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction to be recognized as the top self-published books in the state.

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

  • Inclusion in Indie Minnesota, a statewide digital collection of local indie authors;
  • Nationwide exposure for three months on Popup Picks, a mobile media curation service; and
  • A review in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news.

Recent data from 2016 showed that 20% of the book market is composed of indie authors. The creation of the Minnesota Author Project combined with MN Writes MN Reads (a suite of resources for writers to use to self-publish their work) gives libraries a chance to encourage new work from this growing group.  

As MELSA Executive Director Ken Behringer explains, “Writers in Minnesota will be able to create content in a variety of eBook formats, and the state’s readers will be able to find that content in an online collection highlighting those self-published authors.”

Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via Minnesota’s libraries, and can also leverage being an award-winning author for additional marketing opportunities.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In the genre of Young Adult Fiction or Adult Fiction
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format

Multiple submissions are welcome. Submissions open April 1, 2018 and close June 30, 2018. A panel of Minnesota librarians, educators, and booksellers will judge the submissions.

Writers can enter the contest at and can check out the free self-publishing resources at

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