How to Submit

Rules and judges for the 2022–2023 Midland Authors Awards will be posted in the fall of 2022.

2021–2022 Competition Rules

The Midland Authors Awards recognize book writing excellence by Midwestern authors. Three judges on each committee will select one winner that is best in that category. Category winners receive $500 and a recognition award. Judges may also deem up to three honorees as worthy of recognition. Each honoree will receive a commemorative award. All honors are given out at the awards banquet in May 2022 or a substitute ceremony, if necessary, and if allowed by pandemic mandates.

Follow the directions below to submit a book and pay the entry fee.

  • To enter this year’s competition, fill out the online entry form for each nominated book. A printed entry form must also accompany each book sent to each of the three judges in its category. That means a total of three printed forms per title (three judges, three forms, three books) in addition to the online form. Books unaccompanied by completed entry forms will not be considered.
  • Each book entry must have a 2021 publication date that corresponds with its copyright date.
  • A book may be nominated by its author or publisher. The author must either reside in, be born in, or have strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states SMA represents: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. If the author lives outside these states, please indicate any connection to the Midwest on the “comments” section of the entry form.
  • Each submission requires an entry fee of $25. The online form allows payment by PayPal or credit card.
  • To pay by a mail service, send a check and a printed copy of the entry form to Society of Midland Authors, P.O. Box 10419, Chicago, IL 60610. If you pay by check or money order, be sure to write the author’s name on the face of the check or money order so SMA can confirm the paid entry. A copy of the entry form should also accompany each book that you mail to each of the three judges in your category. (Do not mail books to the Society’s P.O. Box.) For your convenience, a printable PDF of the submission form is available here.
  • We do not consider e-book originals unless accompanied by a print edition.
  • Books by deceased authors are eligible, providing that at least one of the authors meets the residency protocol and other requirements.
  • A book may be entered in only one category, not several categories.
  • Submissions must be postmarked by Saturday, January 29, 2022.  We urge early submissions.  Send entries to the appropriate judges under your category of Contest Judges listed below.
  • Make sure your book entry goes to judges in the proper category. (For example, all children’s books go to children’s categories, rather than Poetry or Biography and Memoir, which are for adult submissions only.) Books submitted to improper categories will be disqualified.  Any judge who has a conflict of interest with a submission will be recused from discussion of that entry.
  • For your convenience, a printable PDF of the submission form is also available here.
  • For comments, questions, or to confirm an entry has reached the judges, contact Gerry Plecki at


Judges for books published in 2021:



John Holden, 1254 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660

Joseph Gustaitis, 1824 West Erie St., Chicago, IL 60622

Dominic Pacyga, 10123 S. Wood Street, Chicago, IL 60643


Bernard J. Brommel Award for Biography and Memoir

John Hallwas, 14495 Tamarind Loop, Spring Hill, FL 34609 (please send entries after 10 November)

Bob Remer, 5840 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60660

Gary Schmidt, 7306 McCords Ave. SE, Alto, MI  49302


Adult fiction

Dan Chaon, 2863 Meadowbrook Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Kent Meyers, 1745 Third Street, Spearfish, SD 57783

Jean Thompson, 2201 Wyld Drive, Urbana, IL 61801


Richard Frisbie Award for Adult Nonfiction

Marie Mockett, 2490 31st Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116

Jack Shuler, 17 Samson Place, Granville, OH 43023

Kim Hiltwein, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60603



Chris Abani, 7833 Niles Center Road, Skokie, IL 60077

Nandi Comer, 3808 Virginia Park St, Detroit, MI 48206

Emilio DeGrazia, 211 W. Wabasha St., Winona, MN 55987


Children’s Fiction

Laura Hirshfield, 3318 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Julie Novak, Northfield library, New Trier H.S., 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093

Sandy Renner, 420 Summit Ave., Suite 401, St. Paul, MN 55102


Children’s Reading Round Table Award for Children’s Nonfiction


Mary Losure, 1311 Osceola Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105

Marianne Malone, 714 St. Georges Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19119

Judith Schein Cohen, 222 Main Apt 405, Evanston, Illinois 60202