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 The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing.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

+ 2013 Award Finalists For a complete list of the 2013 finalists, click HERE.

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2013 Maine Literary Awards: WINNERS

Book Award for Fiction
Life Among Giants Bill Roorbach

Book Award for Crime Fiction
Redemption Kate Flora

Book Award for Speculative Fiction
The Reawakening Joseph Souza

Book Award for Nonfiction
Babel No More Michael Erard

John N. Cole Award for Maine-Themed Nonfiction
The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods Andrew Barton

Book Award for Memoir
When We Were the Kennedys Monica Wood

Book Award for Poetry
Looking for the Gulf Motel Richard Blanco

Book Award for Young Adult
Girl Unmoored Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Book Award for Children’s
One Cool Friend Toni Buzzeo

Book Award for Anthology
Exit 13: A Maine Guidebook in Stories and Poems The Telling Room

Excellence in Publishing Award
Interventions (Down East Books) Richard Russo, Kate Russo, and Tom Butler

Drama Award
My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother Elizabeth Peavey

Short Works Competition: Fiction
Cynthia Underwood Thayer

Short Works Competition: Nonfiction
Deborah Cummins

Short Works Competition: Poetry
Karyn Lie-Nielsen

Youth Competition: Fiction
Harrison Pearl

Youth Competition: Nonfiction
Aden Issack

Youth Competition: Poetry
Emma Sapat


MWPA Distinguished Achievement Award
Presented to bookseller Barbara Kelly for exceptional and steadfast contributions to the Maine literary arts. The award was presented by author Monica Wood.