The 2012 MLA STICKER WINNER (1)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 The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing. Maine writers may self-nominate, or be nominated by others.

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2012 Maine Literary Awards: WINNERS

Book Award for Fiction
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children Sarah Braunstein

Book Award for Crime Fiction
Trespasser Paul Doiron

Book Award for Nonfiction
American Nations Colin Woodard

John N. Cole Award for Maine-Themed Nonfiction
Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond Carl Little

Book Award for Memoir
The Foremost Good Fortune Susan Conley

Book Award for Poetry
The Hallelujah of Listening Preston H. Hood

Book Award for Young Adult Literature
Lost Trail Donn Fendler (author), Lynn Plourde (co-author), Ben Bishop (illustrator)

Book Award for Children’s Literature
Sammy in the Sky Barbara Walsh

Book Award for Speculative Fiction
Please Don’t Go Eric Dembleby

Anthology Book Award
Out & Allied: An Anthology of Performing Pieces written by LGBTQ Youth and Allies Add Verb Productions

Excellence in Publishing Award
This Strange Land by Shara McCallum (Alice James Books)

Drama Award
Delvyn C. Case, Jr.

Short Works Competition, Fiction
Lesley Heiser

Short Works Competition, Nonfiction
Deborah Cummins

Short Works Competition, Poetry
David Sloan

Youth Competition, Fiction
Tess Hinchman

Youth Competition, Nonfiction
Mary Noyes

Youth Competition, Poetry
Phoebe Clewley


Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement
Presented to Jennifer Bunting, publisher of Tillbury House, for exceptional and steadfast contributions to the Maine literary arts. The award was presented University of Southern Maine professor and author Reza Jalali.