Poetry: Todd Boss, Paula Cisewski, Melanie Figg, Michelle Matthees, Michael J. Opperman and Elisabeth Workman.
Creative nonfiction: Ruth Gila Berger, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams, Kara Garbe, Rodney Nelsestuen, Margie Newman and Joan Trygg.
Fiction: Annie Baxter, Heather Bouwman, Elizabeth Edelson, Scott Muskin, Ethan Rutherford and Eric Vrooman.
Winners will be announced Wednesday.
• Michael Perry, author of "Population: 485," a memoir about returning to his childhood home of New Auburn, Wis., has a book coming out in April. "Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting," will be published by HarperCollins.
• Jim Proebstle, who now lives in Illinois but has lived in northern Minnesota most of his life, has published a thriller set in northern Minnesota. "In the Absence of Honor" is a murder mystery that revolves around the conflict between a brewery executive and two Ojibwe tribal council members. Proebstle will be at Common Good Books, 165 N. Western Av., St. Paul, at 2 p.m. today, and at the Bookcase of Wayzata at 2 p.m. next Sunday.
• "Westhope: Life as a Former Farm Boy," a memoir of North Dakota by Dean Hulse of Fargo, will be published in April by the University of Minnesota Press.
• "I'm Sorry That You Feel That Way," by Diana Joseph, will be published in March by Putnam. Joseph, who teaches at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will be at the Mankato Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. March 5, Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis at 6 p.m. March 7, the Best of Times in Red Wing at 1 p.m. March 14, and at the Book Shelf in Winona at 7 p.m. March 26.