The Board of Directors of the High Plains Book Awards are very sorry to announce that the Awards public events for 2021 are cancelled, due to rising levels of COVID-19. It seems unwise to hold gatherings at this time. The Awards will still be announced on this website on September 25, and the $500 prize and plaque will be sent to winners after that date. Refunds will be issued for those have purchased tables/tickets. We are very disappointed to have to take this action, and hope for better circumstances in 2022.

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The High Plains Book Awards could not exist without the sponsorship of people and organizations who care about literature.

    The Billings Public Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


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