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MWPA announces Maine Literary Award winners

PORTLAND – The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance has announced the winners of the 2022 Maine Literary Awards.

The winners were announced in a May 24 event hosted at SPACE in Portland. All told, nearly 400 writers sent in their work for consideration. After a panel of judges considered the many eligible works, a group of finalists was announced, leading up to the event where the winners were named.

(Note: Two of this year's winners are books that were reviewed in The Maine Edge upon their release. Check out our reviews of Robin Clifford Wood’s “The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine” and Ellen Booraem’s “River Magic”.)

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Book Award for Crime Fiction
Paul Doiron, Dead by Dawn

Book Award for Fiction
Eleanor Morse, Margreete’s Harbor

Book Award for Nonfiction
Robin Clifford Wood, The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine

Book Award for Memoir
Rachael Cerrotti, We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory & Migration

Book Award for Poetry (Co-Winners)
W.J. Herbert, Dear Specimen
Jefferson Navicky, Antique Densities: Modern Parables & Other Experiments in Short Prose

Book Award for Young People's Literature
Ellen Booraem, River Magic

Book Award for Children's 
Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey, Illustrated by Nancy Baker, The First Blade of Sweetgrass

Book Award for Speculative Fiction
James M. Wright, Rhizome

Book Award for Excellence in Publishing
John Rosenwald (translator), The Sonnets to Orpheus, Rainer Maria Rilke, Covered Bridge Press

Book Award for Anthology
Wayne A. Newell (editor) and Robert M. Leavitt (editor), Kuhkomossonuk Akonutomuwinokot: Stories Our Grandmothers Told Us

John N. Cole Award for Maine Nonfiction (Co-Winners)
Robin Clifford Wood, The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine

Wayne A. Newell (editor) and Robert M. Leavitt (editor), Kuhkomossonuk Akonutomuwinokot: Stories Our Grandmothers Told Us

Drama Award 
Andrea Lepcio, “Human”

Short Works Competition in Fiction
Billie Watson, “Egg Shell”

Short Works Competition in Nonfiction
Jennifer Dupree, “Care & Keeping”

Short Works Competition in Poetry
Carolyn Locke “Thoughts on Migration”

Honorable Mention for a Secondary School Literary Magazine: Gardiner Area High School for Unrest: Creation in Isolation

Youth Competition in Fiction
Maeve Tholen, “Chocolate Hope”
Mackenzie VerLee, “The Lighthouse Keeper”

Youth Competition in Nonfiction
Linh Nguyen “Our Shared Language”

Youth Competition in Poetry
Leigh Ellis, “Squid Season”

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SPECIAL AWARDS

2022 BOOK DONATION RECIPIENTS

The Brewer Public Library will receive a copy of every book nominated to this year’s awards.

2022 MWPA DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Daniel Minter, for exceptional and steadfast contributions to the Maine literary arts as an award-winning artist and illustrator, and co-founder of the Indigo Arts Alliance.

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