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2024 Manuscript Semi-finalists Selected

We're pleased to release the list of our semi-finalists for the 2024 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Manuscript Project contest. Congratulations to these authors for being recognized by our judges for their work (in alphabetical order by author’s last name):

  • Walkin’ the Edge by Cherie Carol (Chicago Ridge Public Library)
  • Good Humor by Michael J. Elsey (Chicago Public Library
  • The Things We Keep by Erich Keime (Sugar Grove Public Library District)
  • The Ghost-Bind by Kendra Lindholm (Ela Area Public Library District)
  • Sand, Sun, Hit-and-Run by Mary Kate Mandeville (Chicago Public Library)
  • Nicky by Hailey Atwood (West Chicago Public Library District)
  • The Apocalypse Plan by Ronnie Parrone (Washington District Library)
  • The Ambulance Chaser’s Lament by Jeff Scheidel (Westmont Public Library)
  • The Untimely Death of Erica Javitz by Barbara E. Schmidt (Lillie M. Evans Library District)
  • The Wizard of Odd by Patti Sherry-Crews (Evanston Public Library)
  • Expedition Noah by Jeremy Zentner (Fondulac Public Library District)

These semi-finalists now move into the next stage where our judges will select the top finalists. Watch for this announcement in June. For details about the contest, click here.