2022 High Plains Book Awards

2022 Finalists Announced

The High Plains Book Awards are pleased to announce the 2022 finalists.

All nominated works — a record 293 of them this year — were read and evaluated by community readers, who read 1,104 individual books. Winners in each category will be determined by a judging panel of published writers with connections to the High Plains regions. The Big Sky Award finalists will be announced separately.

Congratulations to all 2022 finalists!

Community of Readers

The initial reading of nominated titles is completed with the assistance of our community readers, who provide the initial evaluation of the books.

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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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