stbfimagefromflyerAspiring authors NEED YOU to help them apply to the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Contest

Thank you SO MUCH for being part of this awesome, library-driven initiative! The 2017 application deadline has now passed – watch our site for news as we begin the first round of judging.

To thank libraries for their ongoing support of this project, the sponsoring library of this year’s winner will receive one free registration to either the 2017 ILA Conference in Tinley Park, IL, or the 2017 Reaching Forward conference!

If you have sponsored an author in the past, the application process has changed this year, so please make note of the following details.

By agreeing to be a sponsor you will serve as a contact for the Soon To Be Famous Committee. You will receive an email after the author’s entry is received and again if they are chosen as a finalist.

Please read through the Author Submission Application as well, so you are familiar with the information required from authors.

Missed this year’s contest? We generally begin accepting applications for the next contest in October. You’ll need to provide basic contact information for yourself and the author whom you are nominating. You may also choose to provide a short review and rating by the sponsoring library staff member (this is preferred but not required).
After you submit the form, the author will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their e-book to the contest for judging. The author should receive that email within 10-15 minutes of your submission.


  1. I am a librarian and nominated an author yesterday. I did not receive any confirmation email, nor did the author receive an email to submit her work. How can I check that my nomination was received?

    1. Thanks for letting us know, Lisa. I have reached out to BiblioLabs, the company who is handling the online application process this year. I will get in touch with you as soon as I hear from them. Karen McBride

  2. I nominated an author last week and neither she, nor I, have received any confirmation or follow up. Can you ensure that my submission was successfully received, please?

    1. Lisa,

      BiblioLabs confirmed that they received your submission and that the follow-up email was sent to the author. Perhaps he/she should check their spam folder? It looks like it went out on October 17. If the author needs additional help, I will ask BiblioLabs to email him/her directly. Thanks.

    1. Mila, no, an author need only be nominated by one library. It is the judges who then read the book who help the author move forward in the contest.

    1. Thank you for your comment. BiblioBoard has been notified and says that they will resend the confirmation email. I hope that this resolves the issue.

    1. Mary, I just sent you an email regarding your submission. Thanks for letting us know, and we’ll get the problem resolved soon.

      1. Our author, Annie Hansen, is getting anxious. As of Dec. 21, she hasn’t heard anything. As long as we meet deadline, it’s good with me.

        1. Mary, I just forwarded an email message to you regarding your comment. If you can get that email to Annie Hansen, she’ll be good to go. Thank you for your patience.

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