In addition to IAP’s on-going curated indie collections, each spring the Indie Author Project hosts local contests trying to find the best indie titles in each participating region.
Mirroring the success of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project, the inaugural 2018 Indie Author Project contests launched in eight states and saw thousands of submissions from authors of all types. Carrying this momentum over to 2019, the Indie Author Project contests expanded to 14 regions, with each contest representing a unique opportunity for libraries to empower and develop their local writing community, and grew again in 2020 with contests taking place in 15 regions across North America. This year, we’re so thrilled to introduce another new region to the mix, Alberta, CA, as well as a second contest for in Illinois geared towards Spanish-language fiction! From the regional winners, each year industry professionals select an Indie Author of the Year, the first of which went to Virginia author, Ran Walker, in 2019.
The 2021 contests open April 1st. Check out our resources below to start promoting the contests to authors in your community!