Nominations and Criteria

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Awards

Nominations for the 2018 High Plains Book Awards are closed! The first round of evaluations are underway. Stay tuned for the announcement of finalists in late Spring.

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High Plains Book Awards 2018 Award Criteria

The High Plains Books Awards recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains. The High Plains region includes Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

BOOK AWARDS

Nominations will be accepted in the following categories in 2018:

  • The Art & Photography Award recognizes the best book depicting art and/or photography by or about one artist or a collection of artists.
  • The Children’s Book Award honors books written for readers under 12 years of age.
  • The Fiction Award recognizes longer works of fiction in novel or novella form;
  • The First Book Award honors a writer’s first published book in any category;
  • The Indigenous Writer Award honors the best book by an indigenous writer in any category;
  • The Nonfiction Award recognizes scholarly, research-based expository writing based on real events and real people;
  • The Creative Nonfiction Award recognizes books that present factual information on people, places or events using experiential techniques often associated with fiction, such as personal observation, narrative forms, and dramatic renderings of events;
  • The Poetry Award recognizes a collection of poetry by one author;
  • The Medicine & Science Award recognizes works of nonfiction or fiction based on natural or physical sciences.
  • The Short Stories Award recognizes a collection of short fiction by a single author;
  • The Woman Writer Award honors the best book by a woman writer in any category;
  • The Young Adult Award honors books written for readers between 12 and 18 years of age

The High Plains Book Award Board (the Board) reserves the right to determine there is no winning entry in a given category.

BOOK AWARD ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Nominated books must have been published for the first time in 2017 in any format. This is determined by the copyright date listed in the published work.
  • All entries must have an ISBN.
  • Nominated books must be written by an author or writing team with significant ties to the High Plains region or is a literary work which examines and reflects life on the High Plains.
  • Revised editions or new translations of previously published works are not eligible.
  • Books only published in digital form are not eligible.
  • Books nominated in the Poetry category must be at least 48 pages or longer.
  • Books may be nominated in more than one Award category. For example, a work of fiction may also be the writer’s first book. Additional nomination fees and four (4) additional reader copies are required for each additional category in which a book is nominated. Books must be provided in a print format.
  • The Board will review books for compliance with eligibility requirements. Board decisions regarding eligibility are final.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations for the Book Awards must be submitted on the High Plains Book Awards website, https://highplainsbookawards.org between January 16, 2018 and March 16, 2018.

Book Award Nomination Process, Deadline and Fees:

  1. Each Book Award nomination must include a completed nomination form. Books nominated in more than one category must include a separate nomination form for each category in which it is nominated.
  2. Nomination forms, fees, and accompanying reader copies must be received at Billings Public Library by Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Failure to meet the deadline will disqualify a nomination from consideration. It may be desirable for nominators to use express shipping to ensure timely delivery, especially for shipments that involve crossing international borders.
  3. Nomination for a Book Award must be accompanied by a $45 fee and four (4) reader copies of the nominated work. Each additional nomination for a work in another category requires another $45 fee and an additional four (4) reading copies. Payments must be made in US currency.
  4. Nomination fee payments may be made on the website or by check. Checks should be made payable to High Plains Book Awards. W-9 forms are available upon request. Reader copies should be shipped to: Dee Ann Redman, High Plains Book Awards, Billings Public Library, 510 N 28th St, Billings, MT 59101
  5. All reader copies of books submitted for nomination to the High Plains Book Awards become the property of the Board.

The High Plains Book Awards Board selects readers to evaluate all nominations and it identifies finalist books based upon reader evaluations. The Board selects judges to determine the winning entry in each category. The Board resolves any issues that may arise in the nomination, evaluation, finalist selection and judging process. All decisions of the Board are final. Winners for all Book Awards will be announced at an Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the High Plains BookFest October 20, 2018 in Billings, Montana. Each Book Award winner will receive a $500 award and commemorative plaque.

    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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