23rd Annual Midwest Book Awards


The 23rd Annual Midwest Book Awards honored excellence in books published in 2012 on May 8, 2013, at the Midwest Book Awards Gala held at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book’s unique contribution to its subject area. The Midwest Independent Publishers Association has sponsored the book awards since 1990. 

The 23rd Annual Midwest Book Awards attracted 187 books, entered in 44 categories, from 75 publishers in the 12 Midwestern states in our region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Some books were entered in more than one category—for a total of 308 entries. Fifty-five judges participated.  

Pat Bell Award

The 2013 recipients of the Pat Bell Award were Loris and Marlin Bree, of Marlor Press.The award recognizes those who have worked tirelessly to further the success of independent publishing. Marlin was present to receive the award at the gala. We at MIPA, and the entire Midwest publishing community, were saddened by the passing of Loris this spring. 

Upcoming Competition

Entries for the 24th Annual Midwest Book Awards for books published in 2013 will be accepted starting in the fall of 2013.

Winners and Finalists (click for link)

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Judith Rachel Karen

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