Midwest Independent Publishers Association

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Midwest Independent Publishers Association
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Founded in 1984,[1] the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, or MIPA, is a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and serving 12 states.[2] The association serves the upper-Midwest independent publishing community through education, networking, and peer recognition. MIPA's members include printers, distributors, editors, indexers, artists, and designers. MIPA is a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Since 1990, MIPA has sponsored the Annual Midwest Book Awards in the categories of Arts/Photography/Coffee Table Books, Autobiography/Memoir, Biography, Business, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction, Children's Picture Books, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Nonfiction, Cookbooks/Crafts/Hobbies, Education/Learning, Family/Parenting, Fiction—Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal, Literary/Contemporary/Historical, Fiction—Mystery/Thriller, Fiction—Romance, Fiction—Short Story/Anthology, Health, History, Humor, Inspiration. Nature, Poetry, Recreation/Sports/Travel, Religion/Philosophy, Social Science/Political Science/Culture, Cover Design, Interior Design, Illustration—Graphic, and Total Book Design.[3]

In 2010, MIPA awarded the first Pat Bell Award in honor of former board member Pat Bell, who also served on the board of Independent Book Publishers Association and became a major national advocate for independent publishers.[4]

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