The High Plains Book Awards recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains. The High Plains region includes the states of Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Nominations will be accepted in twelve categories in 2016.
The Art & Photography Award recognizes the best book depicting art and/or photography by one artist or a collection of artists.
The Children’s Award honors books written for readers under 12 years of age.
The Culinary Award honors writing about food, wine and beverages in any category. Books may include cookbooks, fiction, reference sources, essays, biographies or works about food production or restaurants.
The Fiction Award recognizes longer works of fiction in novel or novella form
The First Book Award honors a writer’s first published book in any category.
The Nonfiction Award recognizes research-based expository writing based on real events and real people
The Creative Nonfiction Award recognizes books that present factual information on people, places or events using experiential techniques often associated with fiction, such as personal observation, narrative forms, and dramatic renderings of events.
The Poetry Award recognizes poetry by one author or an anthology of poetry from multiple authors.
The Medicine & Science Award recognizes works of nonfiction or fiction based on natural or physical sciences.
The Short Stories Award recognizes a collection of short fiction by a single author or a group of authors.
The Woman Writer Award honors the best book by a woman writer in any category.
The Young Adult Award honors books written for readers between 12 and 18 years of age.