This year 46 Illinois authors submitted their works of fiction for adult readers to the 2018 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest. Our librarian judges carefully reviewed all the submissions, and after much deliberation, we are excited to announce the semi-finalists for the 2018 contest. Congratulations!

Storyland  by Bryan W. Alaspa
Rhoenoak by John Armamentos
Sarah’s Heart E S Beidas
The Sweetest Heartbreak by Heather Bentley
Decisions by Chantelle Branch
Give My Love to Ivey Rose by Brooks Carter
Lady of the Morningstar by George L. Chadderdon
Full Slab Dead by EM Kaplan
Overland by Pete Mandra
Halfway To a Vineyard by Anthony Mays
Killer Serve by Jeanne Meeks
Caroline Eversole and the Guilded Gauntlet by B B Morgan
Morwen Cottage by LeAnn L Morgan
The Book of Cain by James Pressler
The Case of Ex Who Plotted Revenge by Georgann Prochaska
LaCost by Patrick Rizio
Love’s Perfect Surrender by Chiara Talluto
Untouchable by Jennifer Waldvogel
The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley

Congratulations to the 19 authors listed above. We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work (and their sponsoring libraries). And if you didn’t make it to the second round this year, we encourage you to keep writing and editing. And perhaps, try again next year. (The 2019 contest will open mid-October 2018). Watch for the next big announcement – our three finalists – in mid-March.

And join us for the WINNER Announcement on Thursday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Fountaindale Public Library.