Minnesota author and Pequot Lakes graduate Fredrick Soukup wins NYC Big Book Award

Soukup's novel, "Blood Up North," won in the category of literary fiction

Fredrick Soukup headshot
Fredrick Soukup

ST. PAUL — A novel by Minnesota author and Pequot Lakes High School graduate Fredrick Soukup received the NYC Big Book Award in the categories of literary fiction.

The cover of Fredrick Soukup's "Blood Up North."

“Blood Up North” is about a young Minnesota woman who agrees to help her brother hide cash he stole from a drug dealer. To protect herself, she must employ the very evil she has grown up despising.

The NYC Big Book Award competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners are selected based on overall excellence.

A large number of authors participated from around the world with entries received from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.


“We are elated to highlight these authors’ books, recognize their excellence and share their achievements,” awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak said in a news release. “(With our new website) we look forward to showcasing these titles to a larger audience.”

To learn more about Soukup’s novel, visit . To see the list of NYC Big Book winners, visit

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