Manuscript Project


Manuscript Project

Announcing the latest competition from the librarians who brought you the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.

Do you have a manuscript ready to take to the next level? We're looking for the best unpublished works of adult fiction. We will accept complete manuscripts of adult fiction in book length (50,000 to 100,000 words) from Illinois authors only. Winner receives these valuable prizes:

  • Professional line editor who will work with you to polish your novel.
  • Professionally designed cover.
  • Self-publishing guidance from past STBF winners and committee members.
  • Finished book automatically entered as semi-finalist status in the 2020 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest.

The 2018 contest is now closed to entries and is in its judging phase. Three rounds of judging by Illinois librarians lead to a single winner announced in April 2019. Watch this space for the 2019 contest coming in late 2019.