Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project!

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Announcing: Manuscript Project

The Project’s ongoing success these past five years made the project organizers think about what else libraries could do to support budding authors. The result: A brand-new Manuscript Project. Read on for more details about this exciting addition.

Winners Reviews

We thank Library Journal for enabling us to honor those who work as self-published authors in a unique way. They posted the reviews for Heather Bentley and Daniel Rosenberg, STBF's 2018 and 2017 winners. Congratulations Heather and Daniel.

Author Heather Bentley Wins 2018 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Contest

Drumroll please – the librarians have spoken. The 2018 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project is Chicago suburbanite author Heather Bentley.

2018 Winner – Heather Bentley

On Thursday, April 26 we announced the winner of the 2018 contest: Heather Bentley. Here are images and a video from the event.

Watch the 2018 Winner Announcement Live on YouTube

Here is the archive recording of the live winner announcement from Thursday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. where we announced who will Soon to be Famous.

Meet the 2018 Finalists

Our librarian judges continue to review the books from our three finalists. We will make the winner announcement April 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Fountaindale Public Library.

Announcing our 2018 Finalists!

Our librarian judges have scored the entries. And now we are excited to announce this year’s finalists for the 2018 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest. Congratulations!

Announcing our 2018 Semi-Finalists!

This year 46 Illinois authors submitted their works of fiction for adult readers to the 2018 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest. we are excited to announce the semi-finalists for the 2018 contest.

Another reason to enter

What happens to authors who enter the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project? Well, obviously, there’s a winner, but what about the runners up?

2017 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project Winner

To celebrate the launch of the 2018 contest, enjoy this highlights video from the 2017 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project winner announcement ceremony.