The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has opened the 2012 Maine Literary Awards for nominations.
Entries will be accepted until March 1 and winners will be announced May 31. The new nomination form and guidelines are available on the MWPA website, mainewriters.org.
There are four new categories in the Book Awards this year: John N. Cole Award, crime fiction, speculative fiction and memoir.
The John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed nonfiction is sponsored by Just Write Books of Topsham. In addition to being the co-founder of the influential Maine Times, Cole was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman who wrote regularly and enthusiastically about his passion for the state.
Crime fiction is an umbrella category for books that fall into one of the following general categories: crime, noir, thriller, suspense, mystery, police procedurals and cozies.
Speculative fiction is an umbrella category for books that fall into one of the following general categories: science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, horror and supernatural.
Submissions in these new categories are elective. Authors may also nominate crime or speculative fictional works for the general fiction category.
The Maine Literary Awards also include a drama, short works and youth competition.
Contact the MWPA with questions or for more information at 228-8263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.