The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Maine Literary Awards.
This year’s awards brought in a record-breaking number of submissions:
Nearly one hundred and twenty-five books were entered across the genres.
More than seventy manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Nearly seventy Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition.
The MWPA is honored to have three independent bookstores sponsoring this year’s literary awards. Sherman’s Books—booksellers since 1886 with locations in Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Freeport, and Portland—is this year’s platinum sponsor. Portland’s fiercely independent Longfellow Books is our gold sponsor and Damariscotta’s Maine Coast Book Shop is our host sponsor.
The winners of the 2014 Maine Literary Awards will be revealed live at a ceremony on Thursday, May 29 at USM’s Glickman Family Library in Portland. Doors at 6:00 p.m., ceremony at 7:00 p.m. There will be a cash bar and Sherman’s Books will be on hand at the awards ceremony selling copies of the finalist’s books. The event is free to MWPA members with a suggested $5 donation for nonmembers.
2014 Maine Literary Awards Finalists
FICTION Ron Currie Jr. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train Roxana Robinson Sparta
Paul Doiron Massacre Pond Al Lamanda Sunrise Barbara Ross Clammed Up
SPECULATIVE FICTION Mark D. Diehl Seventeen: Book One Steven Konkoly The Perseid
Collapse Sharon Lee & Steve Miller Necessity's Child
Mark Gabrielson Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews Marilyn Moss
Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer Lincoln Paine The Sea and
MEMOIR Linda Greenlaw Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an
Accidental Mother Mark Hathaway World Locked In: Six Weeks in Coma and
Beyond Peter Korn Why We Make Things and Why It Matters
Barter In Someone Else's House Kimberly Cloutier Green The Next Hunger
Lee Sharkey Calendars of Fire
CHILDREN'S Kelly Ellerbrook The Perfect
Christmas Egg Lynn Plourde You're Wearing THAT to School?! Kim Ridley
The Secret Pool
YOUNG ADULTS Megan Frazer Blakemore The Water Castle Maria Padian Out of Nowhere Katie Quirk A Girl Called Problem
ANTHOLOGY Marcia F. Brown Port City Poems Dawn Potter A Poet's Sourcebook Martha
White E.B. White on Dogs
JOHN N. COLE AWARD FOR MAINE-THEMED NONFICTION John Ford Sr. This Cider Still Tastes
Funny! David Little Art of Katahdin Reeser Manley & Marjorie Peronto
New England Gardener's Year
EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING Elizabeth W. Garber & Michael Weymouth Maine (Island
Time) Jennifer O'Connell The Eye of the Whale
SHORT WORKS FICTION CB
Anderson "Mavak Tov" Deborah H. Gould "1826" Nathaniel Minton "Daynight"
SHORT WORKS NONFICTION Amy Chapman "Buck's Ledge" Sandell Morse
"Pilgrimage" Mira Ptacin "Just a Moment"
SHORT WORKS POETRY Rachel
Contreni Flynn Christopher Robley Bruce Spang
YOUTH FICTION Joseph Han
"A Deaf Machine" Elysia Roorbach "Pretty, Smart, Deadly" Grace Whited
"Box of Hope"