Welcome to the Soon to Be Famous (STBF) Illinois Author Project.
Through the STBF Illinois Author Project, libraries are helping connect local indie authors with readers. This exciting, library-driven initiative is entering its ninth year and is the genesis for the Indie Author Project contests.

Prizes and Eligibility

The winner of this contest will receive:

  • Statewide recognition by Illinois libraries as the top indie-published book
  • $2,000 prize
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Illinois public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal
  • Print book sales to Illinois’ public libraries
  • Opportunity to compete with other Indie Author Project contest winners for the Indie Author of the Year award
  • Honors at the 2023 Indie Author Day reception
  • 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 an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by an Illinois resident
  • Available in either ePUB (strongly encouraged) or PDF file

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

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