The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance announce finalists for the 2014 Maine Literary Awards

The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance announced their 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 

CRIME FICTION 
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 

NONFICTION 
Mark Gabrielson Deer Isle’s Undefeated America’s Cup Crews
Marilyn Moss Bill Moss: Fabric Artist & Designer 
Lincoln Paine The Sea and Civilization

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 

POETRY 
Christian 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”

YOUTH NONFICTION 
Richard Akera “Dog”
Toby Choyt “Lobsterman”
Michee Runyambo “Two Teeth”

YOUTH POETRY 
Caroline Dyhrberg
Tessa Holbrook
Mary McColley



Joshua Bodwell
Executive Director director@mainewriters.org
 

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Glickman Family Library
314 Forest Avenue, Room 318
Portland, ME 04101

T: 207-228-8263
E: info@mainewriters.org
W: www.mainewriters.org

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