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 part-time 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 The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing.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.
The 2019 Maine Literary Awards will open from nominations from December 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. That award cycle will honor books published during the 2018 calendar year.
RECAP of 2018 Maine Literary Awards
In 2018, 145 books were entered across the award’s categories, more than 70 manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition, and nearly 40 Maine students submitted work in the award’s Youth Competition.
+ 2018 Awards Ceremony Photos The winners of the 2018 Maine Literary Awards were revealed live at a ceremony on Thursday, June 14 at SPACE in downtown Portland. To view more than 250 photos of the event, click HERE.
+ 2018 Award Winner Interviews To read brief interviews with all of the winners of the 2018 Maine Literary Awards, click HERE.
+ 2018 Award Finalists For a complete list of the 2018 finalists, click HERE.
WINNERS of 2018 Maine Literary Awards
Book Award for Fiction
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Book Award for Crime Fiction
In Solo Time by Richard J. Cass
Book Award for Speculative Fiction
American Ghost by Paul Guernsey
Book Award for Nonfiction
The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
Book Award for Memoir
Redeeming Ruth by Meadow Merrill
Book Award for Poetry
Work by Bloodlight by Julia Bouwsma
Book Award for Young People’s Literature
Grit by Gillian French
Book Award for Children’s
Pocket Full of Colors by Jacqueline Tourville
Book Award for Anthology (Editors)
3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, Valerie Lawson (Editor)
John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction
One Man’s Maine by Jim Krosschell
Excellence in Publishing
There Has to Be Magic by Donna Marie McNeil & Christina Shipps (Maine Authors Publishing)
Drama Award (for film, theater, and other scripts)
Michael D. Burke
Short Works Competition, Fiction
Short Works Competition, Nonfiction
Short Works Competition, Poetry
Youth Competition, Fiction
Youth Competition, Nonfiction
Youth Competition, Poetry
2018 BOOK DONATION RECIPIENTS
Millinocket Memorial Library will receive a copy of every book nominated to this year’s awards.
2018 MWPA DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Monica Wood for exceptional and steadfast contributions to the Maine literary arts.
Presented by Richard Russo