At a ceremony May 29 at the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Family Library, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance announced the winners of the 2014 Maine Literary Awards. Among them were Peter Korn of Rockland, Martha White of Rockport and Elizabeth W. Garber of Northport.

This year’s awards brought in a record-breaking number of submissions: nearly 125 books were entered across the genres; more than 70 manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry; and nearly 70 Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition.

Korn won in the Memoir category for his “Why We Make Things and Why it Matters”; White won in the Anthology category for “E.B. White on Dogs” in anthology; and Garber, with artist and photographer Michael Weymouth, won the Excellence in Publishing award for their “Maine (Island Time).”

The other book winners are as follows: Roxana Robinson for “Sparta,” fiction; Al Lamanda for “Sunrise,” crime fiction; Mark D. Diehl for “Seventeen: Book One,” speculative fiction; Lincoln Paine for “The Sea and Civilization,” nonfiction; Christian Barter for “In Someone Else’s House,” poetry; Lynn Plourde for “You’re Wearing THAT to School?!”, children’s; Maria Padian for “Out of Nowhere,” young adult; and Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto for “New England Gardener’s Year” in the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed nonfiction.

Winners in the short works competition were Deborah H. Gould, fiction; Mira Ptacin, nonfiction; and Christopher Robley, poetry.

Youth competition winners were Grace Whited, fiction; Toby Choyt, nonfiction; and Tessa Holbrook, poetry. Elysia P. Roorbach was recognized for being a youth finalist three years in a row. All of the work by this year’s youth award winners will be published in the first June edition of the Portland Phoenix.

Maine journalist Bob Keyes was awarded the MWPA’s annual Distinguished Achievement Award for “exceptional and steadfast contributions to Maine's Literary community.”

A full set of the nearly 125 nominated books will be donated to the Cherryfield Free Public Library. The 2014 Maine Literary Awards were sponsored by three independent bookstores: Sherman’s Books, booksellers since 1886; Portland’s independent Longfellow; and Damariscotta’s Maine Coast Book Shop. The 2014 Maine Literary Awards also were generously supported by the John N. Cole family, Just Write Books, Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative, Maine Poets Society, North40Creative and the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library.

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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or