Maine Literary Awards seeks nominees

Dec 14, 2012

Portland — The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has opened the 2013 Maine Literary Awards for nominations. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 1 and the winners will be announced live on May 30. The new nomination form and guidelines are available online at mainewriters.org.

The MWPA has announced that the four new categories in the Book Awards added in 2012 will remain this year. The new John N. Cole Award for Maine-Themed Nonfiction has been sponsored by Just Write Books of Topsham. In addition to being the co-founder of the influential Maine Times, Cole was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman who wrote regularly and enthusiastically about his passion for the state.

MPWA also will continue offering the new categories of Crime Fiction, Speculative Fiction and Memoir. Crime Fiction is an umbrella category for books that fall into one of the following general categories — crime, noir, thriller, suspense, mystery, police procedurals and cozys. Speculative Fiction is an umbrella category for books that fall into one of the following general categories — science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, horror and supernatural.

As in past years, the 2013 Maine Literary Awards also includes a Drama, Short Works and Youth competition. For more information, call 228-8263 or send email to info@mainewriters.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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