The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s 2018 Maine Literary Awards are now open for nominations. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 1, and the winners will be revealed live on June 14.

Book award nominations will be accepted for the categories of fiction, crime fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, young people’s literature, children’s literature, anthology and the prestigious John N. Cole Award for Maine-Themed Nonfiction. The Cole Award, launched in 2012, is sponsored by the Cole family and Just Write Books of Topsham.

As in past years, the 2018 Maine Literary Awards also includes the Excellence in Publishing Award and the Drama Award, as well as Short Works and Youth competitions in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available online at For more information, contact the MWPA at 228-8263 or

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