[Minneapolis, November 28, 2023] — The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MiPA) is now accepting entries for the 34th annual Midwest Book Awards, celebrating outstanding books published in the heartland of America. Eligible titles must have been published in 2023 in one of the twelve Midwest states.

Last year saw 303 total entries (227 unique titles from 122 publishers across the 12 states), a testament to the program’s growth.

The Midwest Book Awards judging panel, composed of librarians and booksellers from the 12 Midwest states, plays a crucial role in recognizing and celebrating outstanding literary works from the region. Through their volunteer efforts, these experienced individuals, with backgrounds in librarianship or bookselling, contribute to maintaining the high standards of the Midwest Book Awards.

Finalists and winners of the Midwest Book Awards enjoy a range of exclusive benefits, including free inclusion in MiPA’s Member Title Catalog distributed to indie booksellers and promoted online. All finalists receive a certificate, and all entrants receive judges’ feedback, aiming to enhance the quality of books published in the Midwest. Gold winners receive a prestigious glass art award, and beyond the awards, gold and silver winners are invited to participate in post-awards promotion activities, such as MiPA’s Virtual Reading Series showcased on the organization’s YouTube Channel.

Jennifer Baum, Executive Director of MiPA and Chair of the Midwest Book Awards, emphasizes, “The Midwest Book Awards program is more than just accolades; we’re forming a new literary community and new friendships along the way.”

How to Enter:

Authors and publishers can submit books published in 2023 for consideration in the Midwest Book Awards at www.mipa.org/bookawards by January 12, 2024. Finalists will be announced in late April 2024, and gold winners will be revealed at the awards presentation in Minneapolis in June 2024.

About Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MiPA):

MiPA is a non-profit association that serves the independent publishing community in the Midwest. The organization provides resources, education, and networking opportunities to authors and publishers, fostering a vibrant and supportive literary community in the heartland of America.