I’m a Librarian. What do I need to do?

Aspiring authors NEED YOU to help them apply.

Thank you for being part of this valuable, library-driven initiative. The 2018 Manuscript Project is now open and closes January 2, 2019.

Also, please check our submission criteria before you submit a nomination. Remember: participating authors must live in Illinois and the manuscript being submitted must be unpublished and in an adult fiction genre. Also, the author must include the following:

  • The Manuscript itself must be formatted as a single Word.doc or PDF
    • 12 pt (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman)
    • 1.5 line spacing
    • Multiple files not accepted.
  • Include a Title Page with the following:
    • Title (Working)
    • Author Name
    • Word count number (entries must be no fewer than 50,000 and no more than 100,000 words)
    • A Synopsis on the title page (50 words or less)
    • An Author Bio also on the title page (100 words or less)

Note: failure to meet criteria may result in disqualification for the entry

Because we have a terrific group of librarian judges committed to carefully reading each entry, there is no need or expectation for library staff to read entries before submission.



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The Illinois Author Project for self-published adult and young adult fiction returns late Spring 2019.