66 Illinois authors submitted their works of fiction for adult readers to this year’s Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest. Our librarian judges have carefully read all the submissions, and after much deliberation, we are proud to announce the first round of semi-finalists for the 2017 contest. Congratulations to the 20 authors listed below! We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work (and their sponsoring libraries), and we encourage you to keep writing and editing – try again next year! Watch for the next big announcement – our three finalists – on Monday, March 6, 2017.

The Bard by Karen Bedore
Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley
The Case of Something Rotten in Denmark by Dr. Bruce E. Briley
Getting Away With Everything by Joyce A. Brown
Love’s Remnant by Regena Bryant
Citizen Cardenas by Steve Cole
A North Shore Story by Dean Economos
Death Leaders by Kendra Hadnott
Take the Donut by Annie Hansen
The Good Wolf by Mike Matthews
One for the Ark by Mary Hutchings Reed
Jackpot by Anita Renaghan
The Towers Still Stand by Daniel Rosenberg
How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch by D. Bryant Simmons
Killing Me Softly by Bianca Sloane
An Assassinated Man by Bruce Steinberg (B.R. Robb)
Dreams of Darkness and Light by Karen Stockwell
Walland by Andrea Thome
Acre’s Bastard by Wayne Turmel
The Record of the Saints Caliber by M. David White