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2023 Contest Opens for Submissions

Announcing the 2023 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest. We're accepting submissions for this exciting, library-driven initiative that helps connect local indie authors with library readers from April 1, 2023 through June 1, 2023.

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with BiblioBoard, the 2023 winner of this contest will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published fiction novel.
  • $2000 prize for our winner
  • 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
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the 2023 Indie Author Day reception
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection (ePUB format required for eligibility)

To be eligible, each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

    • Indie-published
    • In either an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
      • The 2023 contest merges these two categories into one top prize
    • Written by an Illinois resident
    • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

The 2023 contest opens for submissions from April 1, 2023 to June 1, 2023.