The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the finalists for its 2012 Maine Literary Awards, and Midcoast Maine is well represented.

More than one hundred books were entered into the award’s various categories. More than 50 manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Nearly 80 Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition. The finalists hail from every corner of the state including Bangor, Belfast, Bethel, Brunswick, Camden, Deer Isle, Georgetown, Norridgewock, Portland, Stockton Springs, Unity and York.

The winners of the awards will be revealed live at a ceremony Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. The event is free to MWPA members with a suggested $10 donation for nonmembers.

Midcoast finalists are: Jim Nichols of Warren, “Hull Creek,” Book Award for Fiction; Paul Doiron of Camden, “Trespasser,” Book Award for Crime Fiction; Arielle Greenberg of Belfast, “Home/Birth: A Poemic,” Book Award for Nonfiction; Bob Brooks of Stockton Springs, “Unguarded Crossing,” and Kristen Lindquist of Camden, “Transportation,” Book Award for Poetry; and Michele Leavitt of Unity, Short Works Competition, Poetry. Also with a Midcoast tie-in, Carl Little’s “Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond” about the Rockland-based artist is up for the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction.

The finalists/winners of the Book Award categories Speculative Fiction, Excellence In Publishing Award and Anthology, as well as the Short Works Competition for Drama, will be announced live. For more information or questions about the awards, call 228-8264 or send email to director@mainewriters.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.