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Books Mon Dec 12 2011

Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition

Each year since it began in 1915, the Society of Midland Authors has granted awards to authors and poets with ties to the 12 Midwestern "heartland states." The contest is now underway for books published in 2011. While there is no entry fee and you don't have to be a member of the SMA to enter, do you have to have either been born in, currently live in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states. Your book must also have been published by a recognized publishing house — apologies to all you self-publishers out there.

Completed entry forms must be submitted by February 1, 2012, along with a copy of the book being submitted in that category. There are three judges per category, so that means each judge needs to get his or her own copy of the book and corresponding entry form (three judges, three forms, three books).

What are the categories, you say? Glad you asked. Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction and Poetry.

Make sure you double-check the rules, and mail your entries to the right judges.

Questions? Comments? Contact competition manager Carol Jean Carlson at 773-504-8450.

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