Select Page
Nominations for the 2022 High Plains Book Awards are open until March 11, 2022 for books first published in 2021! Books published in 2022 will be eligible for nomination in January 2023.


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 Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Finalist books in each category will be announced in June 2022. Winners in each category will be determined by a panel of published writers with connections to the High Plains region.


Nominations will be accepted in the following categories in 2022:

  • The Art & Photography Award recognizes the best book depicting art and/or photography by or about one artist or a collection of artists.
  • The Children’s Book Award honors books written for readers under 12 years of age.
  • 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 Indigenous Writer Award honors the best book by an indigenous writer in any category;
  • The Nonfiction Award recognizes scholarly, 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 a collection of poetry by one author;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • The Big Sky Award honors books written by authors that are permanent, full-time residents of Montana. Books nominated for the Big Sky award must also be nominated in at least one other category.


For more information on The High Plain Book Awards, click here.

For access to The High Plain Book Awards Nomination Form, click here.