For nearly three decades the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) has recognized the area’s writers, bringing to the attention of the state’s and nation’s readers the wealth of literature created by established and emerging writers from the region. For purposes of the NEMBA the definition of a Northeastern Minnesota book is one that is “substantially representative of northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage lifestyle. Northeastern Minnesota is defined to include Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis Counties.
Sponsors of NEMBA, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Kathryn A. Martin Library and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, are now accepting nominations for the 2014 award.
Books, including e-books, may be nominated in one of six categories: General Nonfiction; Fiction; Art, Photography; Children’s literature; Poetry; Memoir and Creative Nonfiction.
Nominated books must have been originally released in 2014. A non-refundable $25 entry fee is required for each nominated title.
Nominations must be postmarked or delivered to the Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth, by January 16, 2015.
An awards reception honoring all nominated authors will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, in the Kirby Ballroom on the UMD Campus. The reception is free and open to the public.