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2021 High Plains Awards Finalists
The High Plains Book Award finalists have been announced, and Alberta publishers well represented. The High Plains Book Awards’ website states that they “originated as an idea from the Chair of the Billings Public Library’s Board of Trustees in 2006. Lloyd Mickelson loved the literature of the High Plains that evoked its special connection to that singular landscape. He encouraged the rest of the Board to consider having the Library sponsor an award to recognize and reward the excellent writing of our region. The first Awards were presented in 2007. Though the library is still a sustaining sponsor, the High Plains Book Awards is now a separate nonprofit organization.”
There are up to three finalists in each category, and the winners will be announced at an Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the High Plains BookFest in September 2021 in Billings, Montana (depending on current public health restrictions). Each Book Award winner will receive a $500 award and commemorative plaque.
The Alberta-published finalists are:
Award for a First Book
Award for Short Stories
Award for Poetry
Robert Kroetsch Series
Ghosts Still Linger
by Kat Cameron
Published: Feb 18, 2020 by The University of Alberta Press