Once again, our judges have finished their initial review of the2021 Manuscript Project submissions. We're excited to announce the entries that comprise our semi-finalists for this year's contest. These manuscripts (listed below in alphabetical order by author last name) move on to compete for the top three finalist spots in the next round of judging. Congratulations to these Illinois writers and their work.
Step-by-step guidance to take your work from first draft all the way to file formatting and cover design
How to submit your work to the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, Indie Illinois and Indie Author Project Select
How to possibly earn royalties based on circulation for books selected for IAP Select
Excuse me, did you say royalties?
The amazing free tool that can lead authors through all these steps is inkie.org.
Anna Behm of RAILS and Lucy Tarabour of the Clarendon Hills Public Library recently introduced the wonders of inkie.org in “How Your Library can be your Local Author’s Best Friend” through the ILA Noon Network webinar series.
Writers and librarians, watch this webinar and check out inkie.org! Please help us spread the word among your fellow wordsmiths too.
Sponsored by Bibliolabs, creator of BiblioBoard, the Indie Author Project has taken the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project and run with it, sparking the creation of similar state-wide contests in 13 other states as well as one Canadian province. (Kudos to Ontario for being the Canadian pioneer!) Taking the project one step further, the Indie Author Project established an international contest choosing the Indie Author of the Year from the winners of all the state/province contests. For 2020, the winning author is Jacki Castle of Asheville, NC.
We’re excited to announce Spanish extension of this successful program: Soon to be Famous: de la Página a la Fama.
The program will connect local authors who write in Spanish with Spanish-speaking readers in Illinois, and we hope across the country! Spread the word! Tell your library colleagues, your communities of writers and Spanish-speaking customers that the Illinois Author Program will be en espanol, de la Pagina a la Fama. Watch this website for all of the details coming soon.
We are excited to announce this year’s winners for the2020 Soon To Be Famous Illinois AuthorProject. Our librarian judges from across Illinois scored the finalists to select the authors, in two categories (Adult and YA fiction) below.
Adult Fiction Winner: The Color of Trauma, Hollie Smurthwaite
Young Adult Fiction Winner: The Secret Journal, God Stones Book 1, Otto Schafer
Both of our winners now go on to compete with authors from other states for the coveted Indie Author of the Year award in 2021. Read the full story here. And also learn more about Hollie and Otto, too.
Join us for the third installment of our series. Indie authors and Soon to Be Famous Manuscript contest winners, Kate Robards and Hollie Smurthwaite, discuss how the pandemic and conflict in our world today has affected their writing. They’ll discuss what challenges or advantages working from home presents, what effect current events have on what they’re writing, advice they have for other authors and more. We’ll also provide information on some powerful, free tools available to all writers in Illinois.
Join indie authors Joanne Zienty and Daniel Rosenberg as they discuss how the pandemic and conflict in our world today has affected their writing. They’ll discuss what challenges or advantages working from home presents, what effect current events have on what they’re writing, advice they have for other authors and more. We’ll also provide information on some powerful, free tools available to all writers in Illinois.
This year 52 Illinois authors submitted their works of Adult or Young Adult fiction to be considered for the2020 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Projectcontest. After carefully reviewing these submissions, we are excited to announce our Semi-Finalists for the 2020 contest. Congratulations!
Adult Fiction Semi-finalists
In alphabetical order by author last name.
Seeking Grace In Beulah Land, Lu Clifton
The Whistle Stop Canteen, Barb Warner Deane
A Sparrow Alone, Mim Eichmann
Crossing Over, Daniel Frank
Kelli's Pine, Jay Grochowski
War, Spies, and Bobby Sox, Libby Hellmann
Ruby Island, Anita Rodriguez
Cause of Death: ???, Kristen Salustro
The Color of Trauma, Hollie Smurthwaite
Children of the Revolution, Joanne Zienty
Young Adult Fiction Semi-finalists
In alphabetical order by author last name.
ROAN: The Tales of Conor Archer, Vol. 1, Eric Barr
The Influencers, Kassandra Garrison
Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms, Laura Hawks
August Raven, LeAnn L. Morgan
The Secret Journal, Andrew Schafer
Now our judges get busy reading these entries and narrow down the list to our three finalists. Watch this blog for the next big announcement in the early fall.
Congratulations to these 15 authors listed above. We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work. And if you didn’t make it to the second round this year, we encourage you tokeepwriting and editing. And perhaps, try again next year.
Discover what two of Illinois' award-winning authors are experiencing during this pandemic.
Join the library-curated Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project winners, Michael Alan Peck (2015, "The Commons") and Geralyn Hesslau Magrady (2016, "Lines") as they discuss what they have been writing and reading. Also, learn about free tools available to support Illinois writers in the free, insightful webinar.
We're thrilled to announce the 2020 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Manuscript Contest winner. Meet Kate Robards who won for her unpublished work, The Songbird Baby. In this video, she shares her background and writing process. Be sure to catch her heartwarming reaction when we tell her she won, too.