The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the finalists for its 2013 Maine Literary Awards. Included are a number of Midcoast artists.

More than 100 books were entered into the Award’s various categories. More than 60 manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Fifty Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition.

The finalists hail from every corner of the state, including Bangor, Bath, Bethel, Biddeford, Brooksville, Cape Neddick, Camden, Damariscotta, Deer Isle, Falmouth, Farmington, New Gloucester, Orono, Portland, Rockland and Yarmouth. Winners will be revealed live at a ceremony Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the downtown SPACE Gallery. The event is $10, free to MWPA members.

Local finalists are as follows. Paul Doiron of Camden’s “Bad Little Falls” is up for Crime Fiction. Jeff Foltz of Camden’s “Two Men Ten Suns” and Katherine Silva of Rockland’s “Aequitas: Book 2” are up for Speculative Fiction. John Ford, Sr. of Brooks’ “Suddenly, The Cider Didn't Taste So Good” is up for the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction. Alison Pray and Tara Smith’s “Standard Baking Co. Pastries” and Richard Russo and Kate Russo’s “Interventions,” both published by Down East Books, are up Excellence in Publishing. Elizabeth W. Garber of Belfast is up for Short Works Competition, Nonfiction. And Linda Buckmaster of Belfast and Karyn Lie-Nielsen of Waldoboro are up for Short Works Competition, Poetry

For more information or questions about the awards, call 228-8264 or email

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