Illinois Author Project

Through the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, libraries are helping connect local indie authors with readers. This exciting, library-driven initiative is entering its sixth year and is the genesis for the national Indie Author Project. The 2019 contest will accept submissions April 1 – May 31. Thanks to our ongoing partnerships with BiblioBoard, RAILS, and ILA, prizes and eligibility for our winners include:

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published books in adult and young adult genres
  • $500 prize each for our two winners, one in each genre
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Illinois public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Print book sales to Illinois’ public libraries
  • Inclusion in Popup Picks, a mobile media curation service offered by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, for three months
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the Public Library Association Conference 2020 reception in Nashville

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by an Illinois resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Use the For Authors link above to begin the submission process! Contest opens April 1, 2019.