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.
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
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 Civilization
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
Christian Barter In Someone Else’s House
Kimberly Cloutier Green The Next Hunger
Lee Sharkey Calendars of Fire
Kelly Ellerbrook The Perfect Christmas Egg
Lynn Plourde You’re Wearing THAT to School?!
Kim Ridley The Secret Pool
Megan Frazer Blakemore The Water Castle
Maria Padian Out of Nowhere
Katie Quirk A Girl Called Problem
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
Joseph Han “A Deaf Machine”
Elysia Roorbach “Pretty, Smart, Deadly”
Grace Whited “Box of Hope”
Richard Akera “Dog”
Toby Choyt “Lobsterman”
Michee Runyambo “Two Teeth”