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 The statewide competition is for published books, as well as drama, short works (either published or unpublished), and student writing.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.

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. (Coming!)

+ 2018 Award Finalists For a complete list of the 2018 finalists, click HERE.

PREVIOUS WINNERS & FINALISTS
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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
Ka by John Crowley

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
Zach Brockhouse

Short Works Competition, Nonfiction
Leslie Moore

Short Works Competition, Poetry
Lee Sharkey

Youth Competition, Fiction
Makena Deveraux

Youth Competition, Nonfiction
Ayub Mohamud

Youth Competition, Poetry
Wilson Haims

*The youth competition prizes are sponsored by Maine Authors Publishing and Maine Poets Society

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SPECIAL AWARDS

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


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