The Michigan Author Award recognizes an outstanding published body of literary work by an author who is either from Michigan or has substantial ties to the state. The award was established in 1992 with the intention of recognizing significant Michigan authors with a lifetime achievement award. Over the years, the award has been given to a diverse collection of writers working in a variety of genres and styles. A panel of judges representing Michigan Library Association members determines the recipient on overall literary merit.
To learn more about the award, please download a PDF resource below.
2016 Michigan Author Award Winner – Jacqueline Carey
Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce Jacqueline Carey as the 2016 Michigan Author Award Winner. The award will be presented at a luncheon during the MLA 2016 Annual Conference in Lansing on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
Carey is a New York Times bestseller. Some of her works include the award-winning historical fantasy Kushiel’s Legacy series, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series.
A work group representing MLA members determined the recipient on overall literary merit. To be eligible, authors must be a current resident of Michigan, a long-time resident of Michigan, recently relocated or an author whose works are identified with Michigan because of subject and/or setting.
“MLA members were excited to select Jacqueline Carey this year. She has written many high-quality works,” Michigan Author Award Work Group Chair Amelia Mowry said. “Michigan should be proud to have such a skilled writer living here.”
In her free time, Carey enjoys traveling which has taken her to places including China and Iceland. She hails from the Midwest, born in Highland Park Illinois and currently resides in west Michigan.
Past Michigan Author Award Winners include: David Small, Tom Stanton, Sarah Stewart, Steve Hamilton, Christopher Paul Curtis, Patricia Polacco, Dan Gerber, Charles Baxter, Nancy Willard, Janet Kauffman, Elmore Leonard, Loren Estleman, Gloria Whelan, Jerry Dennis, Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, Thomas Lynch, Nicholas Delbanco, Diane Wakoski, Dave Dempsey, John Smolens, Gary Schmidt, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Laura Kasischke, Jim Harrison and David Small.
2017 MLA Michigan Author Award Nomination Form
Eligible authors must have a minimum of three books to be considered. Self-published books are acceptable provided they are available in Michigan libraries. Please list the full information below.
Eligibility Criteria of Nominee
- The author must either be a current resident of Michigan, a long-time resident of Michigan recently relocated or an author whose works are identified with Michigan because of subject matter and/or setting.
- The author's work may be in the form of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama or any other literary format the Michigan Author Award work group finds acceptable.
- The author must have a body of work encompassing at least three published titles for adults, teens or children. Self-publishing is acceptable so long as the works are available in Michigan libraries.
- The author must be living at the time of nomination.
- The author must have a publishing career spanning a minimum of five years.