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The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) announces a call for entries in this year’s statewide contest for independently published Young Adult and Adult Fiction. This is the contest’s second year.

Winners in each category will receive $500 as well as: 

  • Inclusion in Indie Minnesota, a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library.
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville.
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Minnesota public libraries.
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news.

"For indie-published authors, the contest is a great way to elevate their careers and business. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books," states a press release.

“Entering the Minnesota Author Project is not difficult, and I would strongly encourage other independent authors to do so. It is a really great way to get your work recognized and in Minnesota libraries,” said B.K. Parent, author of "Journey’s Middle," the winning entry in the Young Adult Fiction category in 2018.

Last year’s contest received more than 200 entries.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be: 

  • Independently-published.
  • In the category of adult fiction or young adult fiction.
  • Written by a Minnesota resident.
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format.

Multiple submissions are welcome.

The contest will accept submissions through May 31. Authors can submit entries at and can check out the free self-publishing resources at

Interested in checking out the indie Minnesota library? Download the Biblioboard Library app.

The contest is supported by the Minnesota Library Foundation, Library Journal, and SELF-e. Find past winners at

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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