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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. For additional information about the Award, please visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

The nomination period will be open from February 1 to March 18, 2016. Thank you for your interest in nominating an author. Winners and finalists will be announced in mid-July. Click here to access the nomination form.

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 29, 2016 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.

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 – Children’s Picture Book: New in 2016, this category will rotate each year to recognize authors of excellence in specific genres and highlight the rich diversity of writing in the state. This year’s category is Children’s Picture Book. The author, the illustrator or both must be from Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five years. Both new nominations for this category and regular nominations from previous years will be considered.

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.
  • Children’s Picture Book: $6,000 cash prize and $2,500 grant for his or her hometown Indiana public library.

Deadlines:

  • Nominations must be received by Friday, March 18, 2016.
  • The National Author, Regional Author and Genre Excellence Author winners will be announced by July 15, 2016. Finalists for the Emerging Author Award will be notified by July 15, 2016. The winner of the Emerging Author Award will be announced at the Award Dinner on October 29, 2016.  The National Author, Regional Author and Genre Excellence Author Winners and Emerging Author Finalists must be present at the Award Dinner on October 29, 2016 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.


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