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Finalists for the 2018 High Plains Book Awards include authors from Billings, Red Lodge, Livingston and other Montana towns.

There were 33 authors announced as finalists for the 12 awards this year, according to a press release from Skinner/Benoit Public Relations. The awards, now in their 12th year, are sponsored by local organizations and individuals and celebrate literature that reflects life in the Great Plains region of the U.S., from Montana to Kansas.

Four of the finalists are returning finalists, including former Billings resident Giano Cromley and Red Lodge native John Clayton.

Billings resident Bill Jones is a finalist in the creative non-fiction category for “Homestead Soldiers.” Former Billings resident Randall Gloege, who has died, is a finalist in the poetry category for “The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege.”

For a complete list of categories and finalists, see

The finalists’ books will be judged by writers with connections to the Great Plains region. Winners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize at the awards banquet on Oct. 20 at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

The awards banquet will be held in conjunction with the 2018 BookFest. Writer’s Voice director Corby Skinner is coordinating the free public readings and other events that will be held on Oct. 18-20 before the banquet. For more information, contact Skinner at

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.