Welcome to the California Author Project.
Through this project, libraries are helping local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books. Submissions are now closed for the 2021 contest. Winners will be notified in the Fall.

Prizes and Eligibility

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $500 each in adult and young adult categories
  • Honors at the 2021 Indie Author Day Reception
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at California public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a California resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

If your book meets the above criteria, please click below to get started.