Wanted:

Talented, Undiscovered, Self-Published Illinois Author

In this statewide contest, librarians judge self-published fiction by Illinois authors to select and promote a winner.

Our librarian judges have read all 66 entries and we are proud to announce our 20 first-round finalists for 2017!

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Welcome to the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project! Authors must be nominated by an Illinois library (public, academic, school, or special) and must reside in Illinois. Sponsored works must be self-published works in an adult fiction genre. This exciting, library-driven initiative is entering its fourth year and just keeps getting better. Thanks to our new partnership with BiblioBoards, and our ongoing partnership with RAILS and ILA, potential benefits to winning authors now include:
  • Statewide recognition by libraries as the top self-published book
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Announcement of winner and finalists at Chicago Public Library author program
  • Promotion and royalties through sales in the Indie Rock Stars module, alongside indie bestselling superstars
  • Print book sales to Illinois libraries
  • Inclusion in Popup Picks, a mobile media curation service offered by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, for three months
  • Book review in Library Journal
  • Book tour of Illinois libraries
  • Use the apply/nominate links to begin the nomination process!