The fourth annual Indie Author Project regional contests ran in 14 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces and fielded almost a thousand submissions from indie authors of all types. In partnership with literary organizations and libraries across North America, these contests reflect an ongoing and expanding effort to encourage strong relationships between indie authors, public libraries, and readers. Out of all of the submissions, these winning titles reflect the best indie-published eBooks each region has to offer in adult and young adult fiction. These books— and hundreds of other top indie titles— are available with unlimited, multi-user access in the Indie Author Project Select collections on BiblioBoard Library, OverDrive, cloudLibrary, Axis 360, and more.

From these regional winners, one overall Indie Author of the Year will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. Along with the prizes that come with their regional award, the Indie Author of the Year will also receive an additional $2,500, professional audiobook production, and a myriad of marketing and promotional opportunities. Stay tuned for the big announcement in early 2022, and in the meantime, see what 2021 Indie Author of the Year, Amy Rivers, has been up to.

“Librarians are as endowed with knowledge as the books they keep, and they help you push boundaries, connecting you with other writers and readers… Libraries are the very soul of a community, an equalizing force with unlimited access to knowledge, and I’m eternally grateful to have their support.”

Sarah Newland
2021 VA Author Project YA Fiction Winner