INDIANAPOLIS – Four authors with Indiana ties were honored on October 29 at the 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner. Karen Joy Fowler was recognized as the National Author Winner, Philip Gulley was recognized as the Regional Author Winner, and April Pulley Sayre was honored as the first-ever Genre Excellence - Children’s Picture Book Author Winner. Additionally, Sarah Gerkensmeyer 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 $186,000, and selected libraries have received $67,500 in grants.
“It is an honor to recognize the rich, diverse literary talent in our state through the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award,” said Marianne Glick, Director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. “From picture books to novels, Indiana writers continue to create quality work for readers of all ages.”
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, whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors were evaluated on their entire body of work.
Winner: Karen Joy Fowler
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: Philip Gulley
NEW: Genre Excellence - Children’s Picture Book Author – $6,000 prize: 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 genre was Children’s Picture Books. The author, illustrator or both must be from Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five years to qualify. Nominees were evaluated on their entire body of work.
Winner: April Pulley Sayre
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.
Winner: Sarah Gerkensmeyer
Nominations for the 2017 Indiana Authors Award will open in February. Visit indianaauthorsaward.org for more information.
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.