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a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

NOMINATE an AUTHOR

About the Award

The goal of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is to celebrate the written arts in Indiana, inspiring Hoosiers of all ages’ love of reading, encouraging children to write and attracting greater attention to “home-grown” literary greats. The Award celebrates authors whose quality work has made, or has the potential to make, a lasting public impact.

Thank you for your interest in nominating an author. 

Please note that the Indiana Authors Award will take a hiatus in 2019 as Glick Philanthropies looks for a statewide organization to lead future programming and takes some time to further develop creative new ideas. The re-imagined Award program will return in 2020. Have questions about the changes? These responses to FAQs may help. Look for more information about the future of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award to be shared in mid-2019. Thank you for your support of the first 10 years of the Award, and we hope you will join in future Award programming!


Eligibility

  • Any living published writer who was born in Indiana or has lived in Indiana for at least five years will be eligible.
  • Authors who have published works of fiction, prose, poetry and/or non-fiction are eligible.
  • Reference works, scholarly monographs and books of photography will not be considered.
  • Authors may nominate themselves or be nominated by a publisher, friend or fan. Any individual, organization or company may nominate authors in any appropriate category. Individuals may nominate more than one author for the Award.
  • If you are nominating an author whose work has been self-published, two chapters of the author’s work must be uploaded to the Indiana Authors Award website as a PDF file. A nomination for a self-published author will not be considered without the accompanying sample of work.
  • If an author was previously nominated in the past five years, that nomination will be considered again this year.
  • If you previously nominated an author and would like to provide additional comments for consideration, please click here. Be sure to note the author’s name, as well as your name, address and telephone number.
  • If selected as a finalist or winner, all nominated authors must be willing to participate in both the public programs and Award Dinner on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. Winning authors will also serve as writing ambassadors throughout the year, in partnership with schools and other organization in their area.

Eligibility for past winners and finalists of the Award

  • Any author who was previously named a winner in the National Author category is no longer eligible to be named a winner or finalist in future Award years.
  • Any author who has been named a winner of the Regional Author category is eligible to be considered in the National Author category in future Award years, as his/her body of work merits; however, he/she is not eligible to be named a Regional Author winner in future Award years.
  • Any author who has been named a winner of the Emerging Author category is not eligible to be named a winner in that category in future Award years; however, he/she can be named as a winner in the Regional or National Author categories in future Award years, as his/her body of work merits.
  • Any author who has been named a finalist of the Emerging Author category is eligible to be named a winner of this category in future Award years, as his/her body of work merits.
  • Any author who has been named a winner of the Genre Excellence category is eligible to be named a winner of the Regional or National Author categories in future Award years, as his/her body merits.

Award Categories

  • National Author: A writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
  • Regional Author: A writer who is well-known and enjoyed throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
  • Emerging Author: A writer who has published no more than two books during his or her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years.  Emerging authors will be evaluated on these specific works.
  • Genre Excellence Author: This category will rotate each year to recognize authors of excellence in specific genres and highlight the rich diversity of writing in the state. Both new nominations for this category and regular nominations from previous years will be considered. Note: We are awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the Award's 10-year anniversary and will not have a Genre Excellence category in 2018. The Genre Excellence category will resume in 2019. 

Award Prizes

  • National Author: $10,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.
  • Regional Author: $7,500 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.
  • Emerging Author: $5,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.
  • Genre Excellence: $6,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.

Deadlines

  • Nominations must be received by Friday, March 16, 2018.
  • The National Author and Regional Author winners will be announced by July 13, 2018. Finalists for the Emerging Author Award will be notified by July 13, 2018. The winner of the Emerging Author Award will be announced at the Award Dinner on October 13, 2018.  The National Author and Regional Author Winners and Emerging Author Finalists must be present at the Award Dinner on October 13, 2018 to win.

About the Award Panel

The 9-member Award Panel includes a diverse range of views, backgrounds and literary experience necessary to deliberate the merits of all nominated authors. The Award Panel will grant awards at its discretion, and the decision of the Award Panel is final.


Additional Information

  • No nomination or entry fee is required.
  • If you are nominating an author whose work has been self-published, two chapters of the author’s work must be uploaded to the Indiana Authors Award website as a PDF file. A nomination for a self-published author will not be considered without the accompanying sample of work.
  • The Award Panel has the right to change the category of a nomination.