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Illinois Author Project Now Accepting Submissions

The Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project is proud to announce the start of this year’s contest. Our sixth annual competition to find the best self- and indie-published authors in Illinois kicks off April 1, 2019, and submissions will be accepted through May 31, 2019. New this year is the addition of the Young Adult Fiction category joining our regular contest for Adult fiction.

Each book submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self- or Indie-published
  • In an Adult Fiction or Young Adult Fiction genre
  • Written by a Illinois resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

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 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 Public Library Association Conference 2020 reception in Nashville

    Submit your work here.