I’m an Author: How Do I Apply?

Thank you for your interest in the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.

Which project is for me?

We offer two library-driven contests each year to support Illinois authors. Submission details for each project are below.

Manuscript Project for authors

  • Find an Illinois library (public, academic, school, or special) that is willing to sponsor your unpublished manuscript. A staff person from that library will need to submit an online nomination form.
  • After your nominating form is submitted by a librarian, you will receive an email with instructions on how to submit your manuscript.
  • Remember: participating authors must live in Illinois, and the manuscript being submitted must be unpublished and in an adult fiction genre.
  • Submissions must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible. Please verify that the manuscript includes:
  • 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)
  • 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.

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


Illinois Author Project for self-published authors

Contest opens in late spring 2019.

  • Find an Illinois library (public, academic, school, or special) that is willing to sponsor your book. A staff person from that library will need to submit an online nomination form.
  • After your nominating form is submitted, you will receive an email with instructions on how to submit your e-book.
  • Remember: participating authors must live in Illinois, and the work being submitted must be a self-published work in an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre.