Illinois Author Project

Through the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, libraries are helping connect local indie authors with readers. This exciting, library-driven initiative is entering its seventh year and is the genesis for the national Indie Author Project. The 2020 contest closed June 1, 2020 and is now in its judging phase. Thanks to our ongoing partnerships with BiblioBoard, RAILS, and ILA, prizes and eligibility for our winners include:

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published books in adult and young adult genres
  • $500 prize each for our two winners, one in each genre
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Illinois public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Print book sales to Illinois’ public libraries
  • Inclusion in Popup Picks, a mobile media curation service offered by Reaching Across Illinois Library System, for three months
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the 2021 spring IAP reception
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by an Illinois resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

The 2020 contest is now closed and in its judging phase.


UPDATE: Read about the 2019 winners here.