Finalists for the 2023 High Plains Book Awards were recently released, with winners to be announced at an awards event Oct. 7, in Billings.
All nominated works — 263 of them this year — were read and evaluated by community readers. Winners in each category will be determined by a judging panel of published writers with connections to the High Plains region.
This year, 12 of the finalists hailed from Canada, and eight were from Montana, including Big Sky Award finalist Charles Finn, a poet whose book “On a Benediction of Wind, Poems and Photographs from the American West,” with photographer Barbara Michelman, was also winner of the 2022 Montana Book Award.
Nominated books must have been published for the first time in 2022. Each winner will receive a $500 award. The finalists in 13 categories are listed at the link below.