NEMBA - The Award


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NEMBA Book Seals - Gold Winner and Silver Honorable Mention

NEMBA Book Seals

The Award

NEMBA was established in 1988 to recognize books that substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. 

For purposes of the Awards, northeastern Minnesota is defined to include the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis

Prizes are currently awarded in six categories:

  1. Nonfiction
  2. Fiction
  3. Art, Photography
  4. Children's Literature
  5. Poetry
  6. Memoir

Reading teams will choose a winner and honorable mention in each category. If a book is nominated in more than one area, the Library NEMBA committee will determine the category for the entry. 

NOTE: Three or more nominated titles are required in a single category to designate a winner and honorable mention in that category. In categories with only two nominated titles a winner will be chosen but an honorable mention will not be awarded. If only one book is nominated, the NEMBA committee may move the book to another category as appropriate. If the title is retained as a single nominee in its original category, no award will be presented in that category.

All information received from the nomination form is advisory to the NEMBA committee. The final decision for category placement, retention or removal from the competition will be made by the NEMBA committee, in consultation with the Reading Teams as necessary.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS please visit our NEMBA home page.