Indie Author Project Annual Contest

About This Project

Welcome to the Indie Author Project Annual Contest!

Through this contest, libraries are helping indie authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books.

For authors, this contest is a powerful way to elevate your careers and writing goals, powered by the library community. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians creates credibility and visibility for indie authors, setting them apart in a growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books.

Submissions open April 1 - May 31. 


Submission Guidelines

Sharing Your Content

Additional Information


The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $2,500 to the 1st place winner and $500 each to two runner-ups in each genre
  • Honors at the 2024 Indie Author Day Reception
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection (ePUB format required for eligibility)

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published
  • In one of the following genres:
    • Mystery/Thrillers
    • Romance
    • SciFi/Fantasy
    • Historical Fiction
    • General/Contemporary Fiction
    • Memoir
    • Young Adult
  • Geared towards an Adult or Young Adult audience
  • Available in either ePUB (strongly recommended) or PDF format
  • Also please note, there is no limit on publication date. All publication dates are allowed.

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

Have a question? Check out our FAQ page

Don’t see your genre included? Not a fiction author? Don’t worry, you can still submit here. Even if your region is not participating this year or your books are in other genres, you can still gain exposure and new readership by submitting to the Indie Author Project. After submitting, your ebook can be shared with participating libraries throughout your state or province, and if your title is chosen by our network of curators, it will also be available alongside other top indie reads in participating libraries all across the U.S. and Canada.

Resident of Illinois or Minnesota? You also have the opportunity to enter their state-wide contests and earn additional prizes. For more information about the Illinois Soon to be Famous contest, click here. For more information about the Minnesota Author Project, click here

Author Rubric

Submission Deadline

May 31, 2024

File Types Accepted