2020 Semi-finalists for Illinois Author Project Announced

This year 52 Illinois authors submitted their works of Adult or Young Adult fiction to be considered for the 2020 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project contest. After carefully reviewing these submissions, we are excited to announce our Semi-Finalists for the 2020 contest.  Congratulations!


Adult Fiction Semi-finalists

In alphabetical order by author last name.
  • Seeking Grace In Beulah Land, Lu Clifton
  • The Whistle Stop Canteen, Barb Warner Deane
  • A Sparrow Alone, Mim Eichmann
  • Crossing Over, Daniel Frank
  • Kelli's Pine, Jay Grochowski
  • War, Spies, and Bobby Sox, Libby Hellmann
  • Ruby Island, Anita Rodriguez
  • Cause of Death: ???, Kristen Salustro
  • The Color of Trauma, Hollie Smurthwaite
  • Children of the Revolution, Joanne Zienty

Young Adult Fiction Semi-finalists

In alphabetical order by author last name.
  • ROAN: The Tales of Conor Archer, Vol. 1, Eric Barr
  • The Influencers, Kassandra Garrison
  • Gumshoe and the Mysterious Mushrooms, Laura Hawks
  • August Raven, LeAnn L. Morgan
  • The Secret Journal, Andrew Schafer

Congratulations to these 15 authors listed above. We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work. And if you didn’t make it to the second round this year, we encourage you to keep writing and editing. And perhaps, try again next year.