Past Winners at Galena LitFest

Five of our award-winning indie authors shared their thoughts on writing, marketing, and independent publishing in a virtual panel event as part of Galena LitFest 2024. Moderated by Soon to Be Famous committee member, Lucy Tarabour, the event took place February 13, 2024.

Watch the video replay in its entirety below.

The virtual panel features current and past winners of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author contests, including the 2022 winner in the adult fiction category, Alina Rubin, the 2022 winner of the manuscript award, Sarah Roots, and past winners: Joanne Zienty, Michael Alan Peck, and Geralyn Hesslau Magrady.


Galena LitFest is the tenth annual literary festival organized and funded by the Galena Public Library with support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library. Events take place February through May 2024.