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 the genesis for the national Indie Author Project. The 2022 contest is now open with a submission deadline of June 30, 2022. Thanks to our ongoing partnership with BiblioBoard, the 2022 winners of this contest will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published fiction novel.
  • $2000 prize for our winner
  • 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
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the 2022 Indie Author Day reception
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection (ePUB format required for eligibility)

To be eligible, each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

    • Indie-published
    • In either an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
      • The 2022 contest merges these two categories into one top prize
    • Written by an Illinois resident
    • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Read about the 2021 winners here.