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Winners and finalists chosen for 2017 Indiana Authors Award

Authors Kekla Magoon, Lori Rader-Day and John David Anderson to receive awards from Library Foundation, three Emerging Author finalists selected

INDIANAPOLIS – Six writers with Indiana ties have been named winners or finalists of the 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award – including a winner in this year’s category of Genre Excellence – Middle Grade Fiction.

Former Fort Wayne resident, and children and young adult author, Kekla Magoon, is the winner of the $10,000 National Author Award. Thorntown native Lori Rader-Day has been named the Regional Author winner, earning her a $7,500 prize. Indianapolis native, John David Anderson, is the winner of the Genre Excellence Award, earning him a $6,000 cash prize.

Emerging Author Award finalists include Bryan Furuness (Indianapolis), Angela Palm (DeMotte) and Francesca Zappia (Indianapolis). All winners and finalists will be honored at the ninth-annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner on Oct. 14, 2017, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

“I'm thrilled to receive this award! It's an honor to have my work recognized by my home state,” said Magoon. “Congrats to my fellow winners, as well. I look forward to the celebration in October.”

This annual award program recognizes Indiana authors’ contributions to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and is funded through the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Award nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or has 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. The author must be from Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five years to qualify.

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 finalists: Bryan Furuness, Angela Palm, Francesca Zappia

Individual and full table tickets are available for the Award Dinner. Funds raised by the Dinner will benefit the Library Foundation. The public is also invited to participate in the free Meet an Author, Be an Author event on Oct. 14 – which will include author talks and workshops for writers and booklovers of all ages, led by faculty of the Indiana Writers Center and other special guests. 


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.