The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2018 Maine Literary Awards. The awards — honoring books published during 2017, as well as adult and youth manuscripts in drama, fiction, nonfiction and poetry — brought in a large number of submissions.

This year, 145 books were entered across the award’s categories, compared to 2011’s 70. In addition, more than 70 manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works and Drama Award competitions; and nearly 40 Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition.

The winners of the 2018 Maine Literary Awards will be revealed live at a ceremony Thursday, June 14, at the downtown SPACE Gallery. Doors will open 6 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. There will be hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a bookseller on hand to sell books by the finalists. The event is free to MWPA members with a suggested $5 donation for others. For more information or questions about the awards, call 228-8263 or email

Following are the Midcoast finalists. To see the entire list, visit

“What Longfellow Heard” by Jon Nappa of Camden is up for Fiction; “American Ghost” by Paul Guernsey of Warren is up for Speculative Fiction; “Do Seals Ever …?” by Fran Hodgkins of Rockport and “Princess Sophie and the Six Swans” by Kim Jacobs of Brooks are up for Children’s; and “One Man's Maine” by Jim Krosschell of Owls Head is up for the John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction. Leslie Moore of Belfast is a finalist in the Short Works Competition, Nonfiction. And books by two Midcoast publishers, both in Thomaston, are finalists for Excellence in Publishing: “There Has To Be Magic” by Donna Marie McNeil & Christina Shipps (Maine Authors Publishing); and “A Man for All Oceans” (Tilbury House Publishers).

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