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The Minnesota Author Project, associated with MN Writes MN Reads, is a contest for indie authors across the state of Minnesota. Through this project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Winners for the 2019 awards in Adult Fiction and Young Adult Fiction were announced at the Minnesota Library Association Convention on September 19, 2019.

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All Minnesota Author Project books are available as ebooks through MN Writes MN Reads and ebooks Minnesota. You can read them online or download them to your device using the Biblioboard app.

Explore the 2019 finalists and winners here.

Explore the 2018 finalists and winners here.

2019 Finalists and Winners

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Adult Fiction

  • Matka by Sarah Hanley from Hennepin County Library [WINNER]
  • Nightfall by Brian Lutterman from Ramsey County Library
  • Deep Grass Roots by Marcia Neely from Great River Regional Library

Young Adult Fiction

2018 Adult Fiction Finalists and Winners

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Adult Fiction

  • Nerve Damage by Tom Combs from Plymouth Library
  • Betting on Paradise by Lizbeth Selvig from Lonsdale Public Library [WINNER]
  • Castle Danger by Chris Norbury from Owatonna Public Library
Betting on Paradise

Lizbeth Selvig
Format: Paperback

The Good Girl wants to spread her wings … From birth Grace Crockett has been part of an unbroken set: one-in a million identical triplets. Twenty-six years later, however, feeling unappreciated in her role as part owner of a successful Denver restaurant, Grace longs to break away...

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Nerve Damage

Tomb Combs · Evoke Publishing
Format: Paperback

Dr. Drake Cody is an emergency doctor and researcher with a past no physician is allowed to have. He has developed an experimental drug that may help the paralyzed walk. A ruthless, criminal organization working in the shadows of the pharmaceutical industry will stop at nothing to obtain...
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Castle Danger

Chris Norbury
Format: Book

2017 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree2017 Honorable Mention-Genre Fiction--Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards2018 Finalist--Adult Fiction--MN Writes, MN Reads self-published author contestBook #2 in the Matt Lanier seriesFugitive Matt Lanier, unjustly accused of a violent crime,

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2018 Young Adult Fiction Finalists and Winners

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Young Adult Fiction

  • Evalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh from Wescott Library
  • They’re Always With You by Mary Lockman from Roseville Library
  • Journey’s Middle by B.K. Parent from Wildwood Library [WINNER]
Journey's Middle

B.K. Parent · iUniverse
Format: Paperback

It is easy to lose track of time in the woods. After Arial returns to her cottage from a day in the high hills gathering herbs for her nana, she is horrified to discover her home ransacked by a trio of strangers, her grandmother unconscious, and her father missing. Arial's seemingly...

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They're Always With You

Mary Clare Lockman · Wise Ink
Format: Paperback

Colette McGiver is a girl who loves her Gramps, her parents, her Aunt Florence, her best friend Sally, basketball, Sunday dinners, and a whole lot more. There's just one thing that bothers her, and that's the certainty that her family is hiding a secret. Determined to uncover the shadows...
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Evalene's Number

Bethany Atazadeh · Grace House Press
Format: Paperback

Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world. On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle...
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