I’m an Author: How Do I Apply?

Thank you for your interest in the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.

Which contest is for me?

We offer three library-driven contests each year to support Illinois authors. Submission details for each project are below.


Manuscript Project for Authors

Here is how our contest works:

  • Participating authors must live in Illinois, and the manuscript being submitted must be unpublished and in an adult fiction genre.
  • Submissions must meet certain other criteria in order to be eligible. Please verify that your manuscript includes:
  • A Title Page with the following:
    • Title (Working)
    • Author Name
    • Word count number (entries must be no fewer than 50,000 and no more than 100,000 words)
    • A Synopsis on the title page (50 words or less)
    • An Author Bio also on the title page (100 words or less)
  • The Manuscript itself must be formatted as a single Word Doc or PDF
    • 12 pt (Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman)
    • 1.5 line spacing
    • Multiple files not accepted.

Note: failure to meet criteria may result in disqualification for the entry.


Illinois Author Project for Indie and Self-published authors

The 2021 contest returns April-June 2021.

  • Submit your work through the official portal.
  • Each book that is submitted to the contest must be: Indie-published in an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre, written by an Illinois resident, and available in either ePUB or PDF file.

De la Página a la Fama

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This is how our contest works:

  • Participating authors must live in Illinois and be 18 or older
  • The work must be submitted in EPUB or PDF format
  • The book being submitted must be:
  • indie or self-published (the author must hold the copyright)
  • have not previously received any awards
  • written originally in Spanish
  • word count number: entries must be no fewer than 50,000 and no more than 200,000 words

The 2021 contest returns April-June 2021.