The Maine Literary Awards is an annual competition sponsored and coordinated by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Nominations are open to all Maine residents, including seasonal residents. The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing.

The 2015 Maine Literary Awards will open for submission in December 2014.

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2015 MAINE LITERARY AWARDS

BOOK AWARDS
→ Fiction
→ Crime Fiction
→ Speculative Fiction
→ Nonfiction
→ Memoir
→ Poetry
→ Children’s Literature
→ Young People’s Literature
→ Anthology
→ John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction
→ Excellence in Publishing

DRAMA/FILM/THEATER AWARD
Drama

SHORT WORKS AWARDS
→ Fiction
→ Nonfiction
→ Poetry

YOUTH AWARDS
→ Fiction
→ Nonfiction
→ Poetry

Submission Guidelines

ELIGIBILITY
The 2015 Maine Literary Awards are open to all Maine residents, including seasonal residents. All nominations to the Book Awards, regardless of category, must have been published during the 2014 calendar year. The editors (or lead editor) of books entered in the Anthology category must be Maine residents. Maine publishers of books by out-of- state authors may enter the Excellence in Publishing Award. Nominations to the Drama Awards and Short Works Awards may be unpublished or previously published works, as well as excerpts from larger works; previously published short works must be from 2014.

DEADLINE
All submissions must be postmarked by February 1, 2015. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged. The MWPA is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions. The 2015 Maine Literary Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES
Authors and publishers may nominate multiple different books or manuscripts, but each individual entry must be accompanied by its own nomination form. Each individual book may only be entered into a single category, e.g. either nonfiction or memoir, but not both.

SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS
Self-published books may be entered in the relevant book-award category; there is no separate category for self-published books.

REVIEW PROCESS
All entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the literary arts. Jurors have been selected for their expertise in a specific genre or in the literary arts generally. Every possible effort is made to avoid conflicts of interest during the review and award process.

Submission Fees

+ Book Awards and Excellence in Publishing Award
Members $25 | Nonmembers $45

+ Drama Award and Short Works Awards
Members $10 | Nonmembers $25

+ Youth Awards
Free!

THE FINE PRINT
(1) No email or fax submissions will be accepted. (2) Please do not mail any submissions that require a signature. (3) If an incomplete nomination is received and time allows, the MWPA will do its best to notify the submitter and rectify the problem, however, the MWPA is not responsible for fixing incomplete nominations. (4) The MWPA reserves the right to decline to give out an award in any category if the judges determine that there are no entries of sufficient quality to merit an award. In such a circumstance, one-half (50%) of the entry fee will be returned to the entrants in the relevant category.

Submission Details

BOOK AWARDS

  • Please submit two copies of each book being nominated.
  • Books published exclusively as ebooks may be entered but must be submitted in printed form on 8.5 x 11 paper.
  • Crime Fiction includes noir, thriller, suspense, mystery, police procedurals, cozys, and related genres.
  • Speculative Fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, horror, postapocalyptic, supernatural, and related genres.
  • Submissions in the Crime and Speculative Fiction categories are elective; authors may nominate crime or speculative fictional works in the general Fiction category.
  • Children’s Literature is a general term for illustrated books meant to either be read to young children or read by very young, new readers.
  • Young People’s Literature is a general term for chapter books meant to read by kids who are reading comfortably on their own, such as “middle readers” and “young adults.”
  • Submissions to the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction must be both Maine-themed and nonfiction.
  • The Excellence in Publishing award is open to Maine publishers of books written by both -in-state and out-of-state authors and submissions may include a wide range of books that do not fit other categories, such as photography books, cookbooks, and field guides, for example.
  • No submissions will be returned.

 SHORT WORKS AWARDS & DRAMA AWARD

  • Please submit two copies of your manuscript, which cannot exceed 10 pages for poetry (one poem per page) or 20 pages for drama, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Unpublished or previously published works are accepted, as well as excerpts from larger works; previously published works must be from 2014.
  • All manuscripts must meet the following formatting requirements: 12-point font, double-spaced lines (excluding poetry), and one-inch margins on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.
  • The author’s name should not appear on any of the manuscript pages.
  • A separate cover sheet with the author’s name and the title of the work may be included.
  • No submissions will be returned.

YOUTH AWARDS

This free competition is open to young adults in Maine’s middle and high schools, and to home-schooled students at comparable age and grade levels. The youth categories are generously sponsored by  Maine Authors Publishing and the Maine Poetry Society.

  • Please submit two copies of your manuscript, which cannot exceed 10 pages for poetry (one poem per page) or 20 pages for fiction and nonfiction.
  • All manuscripts must meet the following formatting requirements: 12-point font, double-spaced lines (excluding poetry), and one-inch margins on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.
  • The author’s name should not appear on any of the manuscript pages.
  • A separate cover sheet with the author’s name and the title of the work may be included.
  • Multiple nominations for the Youth Competition categories will be accepted, but make sure the relevant name, work, and genre are clearly indicated on a cover sheet.
  • No submissions will be returned.
  • Teachers and Parents: Please include your name and contact information if you are nominating a student.  The following format can be used: Mrs. Teacher Jones, Maine Country School 1. Jane Student – “My Summer Vacation” – Nonfiction 2. Joe Student  – “Mrs. Jones Is Awesome” – Poetry

SUBMIT

DOWNLOAD → PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)

Please mail your books or manuscripts, a completed nomination form, and entry fee to:

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Attn: 2014 Maine Literary Awards
314 Forest Avenue, #318
Portland, ME 04101

*Please do not mail any submissions that require a signature.

SPONSORS

The 2014 Maine Literary Awards are also generously supported by the John N. Cole Family, Just Write Books, Maine Authors Publishing, Maine Poetry Society, University of Southern Maine.