Congratulations to the 2012 winners and finalists of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award!
The 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author category will go to Hoosier author John Green, along with a $10,000 prize. Barbara Shoup has been named as the winner in the Regional Author category, earning her a $7,500 prize. Christopher Coake is the winner of the Emerging Author Category, and he received a $5,000 prize. The National and Regional recipients, along with finalists in the Emerging Author category were named in July by the award panel.
Additionally, for the first time in the award’s history, the award panel chose to designate a Lifetime Achievement winner and named author Dan Wakefield for this recognition. All were honored at the Indiana Authors Award dinner and festivities on September 29, 2012 at downtown Central Library in Indianapolis.
This annual award recognizes the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. The Eugene and 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.
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 National and Regional winners and finalists in the third category of emerging authors from the pool of publicly nominated authors:
• National Author - $10,000 prize: a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors were evaluated on their entire body of work.
Winner: John Green
• 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.
Winner: Barbara Shoup
• 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 last 10 years. Emerging authors were evaluated on these specific works.
• Lifetime Achievement - For the first time, the award panel for the Indiana Authors Award has chosen to select an author whose work has exemplified great achievement over several decades.
Winner: Dan Wakefield
Award finalists in all categories were honored September 29 at Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. The day’s events included free public programs including “Meet the Authors” panels with this year’s Indiana Authors Award honorees, workshops for aspiring writers presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana and book sales and signings featuring authors from around the state. A ticketed Award Dinner and fundraiser benefiting the Library Foundation followed that evening, where Coake was named as the winner of the Emerging Author category. Green served as the dinner’s keynote speaker.
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.
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