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2014 Maine Literary Awards
WINNERS!

Have you been wondering what you might read next? Boy, have we got some amazing options for you!

Last night in front of a standing-room only crowd at USM's Glickman Library, the MWPA announced the winners of the 2014 Maine Literary Awards. In addition to the seventeen book awards, short works awards, and youth awards, the evening also included two additional very special awards:

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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It was a great privilege to surprise Bob Keyes with the MWPA's annual Distinguished Achievement Award for “exceptional and steadfast contributions to Maine’s literary community.”  Mr. Keyes's colleague Aimsel Ponti gave a wonderfully warm introduction and summed up how we all feel: Maine is damn lucky to have Bob Keyes! The proud Portland Press Herald has already posted a story about the evening: "Press Herald reporter recognized for coverage of literary arts"

PHOTO After hiding in a side room for nearly an hour before surprising Bob Keyes, Aimsel Ponti captured this image of the grinning writer.

SPECIAL "TRIFECTA" CITATION
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For the past three consecutive years, Elysia Roorbach of Farmington (right) has been a finalist in the youth fiction category of the Maine Literary Awards. To keep yourself parked at your writing desk, to keep honing your craft, to persevere, these are all incredibly admirable traits in a young writer. Last night, the MWPA honored Ms. Roorbach with a special “Trifecta” citation.

PHOTO After receiving her citation, Ms. Roorbach stayed on stage to announce that Maria Padian (left) was the winner of Young Adult Award for Out of Nowhere.


2014 Maine Literary Awards
WINNERS!

FICTION 
Roxana Robinson Sparta

CRIME FICTION
Al Lamanda Sunrise 

SPECULATIVE FICTION
Mark D. Diehl Seventeen: Book One

NONFICTION
Lincoln Paine The Sea and Civilization

MEMOIR
Peter Korn Why We Make Things and Why It Matters

POETRY
Christian Barter In Someone Else's House
 
CHILDREN'S 
Lynn Plourde You're Wearing THAT to School?! 

YOUNG ADULTS 
Maria Padian Out of Nowhere 

ANTHOLOGY 
Martha White E.B. White on Dogs

JOHN N. COLE AWARD FOR MAINE-THEMED NONFICTION 
Reeser Manley & Marjorie Peronto New England Gardener's Year

EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING
Elizabeth W. Garber & Michael Weymouth Maine (Island Time)

SHORT WORKS FICTION
Deborah H. Gould 

SHORT WORKS NONFICTION
Mira Ptacin

SHORT WORKS POETRY
Christopher Robley

YOUTH FICTION
Grace Whited

YOUTH NONFICTION
Toby Choyt

YOUTH POETRY
Tessa Holbrook



2014 Maine Literary Awards
Finalists


In a year with a record-breaking number of submissions, the 2014 finalists deserve extra-special recognition for being one of the top three books or manuscripts in their category!

FICTION
Ron Currie Jr. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles
Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train

CRIME FICTION
Paul Doiron Massacre Pond
Barbara Ross Clammed Up

SPECULATIVE FICTION
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 

MEMOIR
Linda Greenlaw Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother
Mark Hathaway World Locked In: Six Weeks in Coma and Beyond

POETRY
Kimberly Cloutier Green The Next Hunger
Lee Sharkey Calendars of Fire

CHILDREN'S
Kelly Ellerbrook The Perfect Christmas Egg
Kim Ridley The Secret Pool

YOUNG ADULTS 
Maria Padian Out of Nowhere 

ANTHOLOGY
Marcia F. Brown Port City Poems
Dawn Potter A Poet's Sourcebook

JOHN N. COLE AWARD FOR MAINE-THEMED NONFICTION
John Ford Sr. This Cider Still Tastes Funny!
David Little Art of Katahdin 

EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING
Jennifer O'Connell The Eye of the Whale

SHORT WORKS FICTION 

CB Anderson
Nathaniel Minton

SHORT WORKS NONFICTION
Amy Chapman
Sandell Morse

SHORT WORKS POETRY
Rachel Contreni Flynn
Bruce Spang

YOUTH FICTION
Joseph Han
Elysia Roorbach

YOUTH NONFICTION
Richard Akera
Michee Runyambo

YOUTH POETRY
Caroline Dyhrberg 
Mary McColley



2014 Maine Literary Awards: The Stats
  • 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.
Sponsors
  • 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. 
  • Damariscotta’s Maine Coast Bookshop is our host sponsor.


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Each winner at the Maine Literary Awards leaves the stage with a decidedly joyous blue balloon.  Above, Short Works Nonfiction winner Mira Ptacin's blue balloon is seen proudly tied to her son Theo's stroller as it awaits the ferry home to Peak's Island.  #blueballoon!


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