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Four top authors named at 2017 Indiana Authors Award celebration 

Annual program benefits Indiana libraries and authors

INDIANAPOLIS – Four authors with Indiana ties were honored at this weekend’s 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner. Kekla Magoon was recognized as the National Author Winner, Lori Rader-Day was recognized as the Regional Author Winner, and John David Anderson was honored as the Genre Excellence – Middle Grade Fiction Author winner. Additionally, Francesca Zappia was announced as the Emerging Author Winner from a pool of three finalists.

In addition to a cash prize, each winner’s chosen Indiana public library will receive a $2,500 grant from The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Since the Award’s inception in 2009, selected authors have won a total of $214,500, and selected libraries have received $77,500 in grants.

“Every Hoosier has a story to share, and these talented authors are sharing their unique stories and perspectives in remarkable ways,” said Marianne Glick, Director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. “It is an honor to recognize their work through the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.”

Award nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or who had lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. A nine-member, statewide Award Panel selected the winners and finalists from a pool of publicly nominated authors that increases each year. 

National Author - $10,000 prize: A writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors are evaluated on their entire body of work. The award recipient will designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2017 winner: Kekla Magoon

Regional Author - $7,500 prize: A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors were evaluated on their entire body of work. The award recipient will also designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2017 winner: Lori Rader-Day

Genre Excellence – Middle Grade Fiction Author – $6,000 prize: This category will rotate each year to recognize authors of excellence in specific genres and highlight the rich diversity of writing in the state. The 2017 category is middle grade fiction, where the core audience is 8 to 12 year olds. 

2017 winner: John David Anderson

Additional Hoosier middle grade fiction authors for caregivers and educators (2017 shortlisted authors): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Skila Brown

Emerging Author - $5,000 prize: A writer who has published no more than two books during his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the past 10 years. Emerging authors were evaluated on these specific works. The Emerging Author winner will be named at the Oct. 14 Award Dinner and will designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2017 winner: Francesca Zappia

2017 finalists: Bryan Furuness, Angela Palm


Congratulations to all of the past winners and finalists for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. These authors represent some of the best that Indiana literature has to offer, and are truly deserving of recognition.

Click here for a full list of all past winners and finalists.