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Winners and Finalists chosen for 2016 Indiana Authors Award

Authors Karen Joy Fowler, Philip Gulley and April Pulley Sayre 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 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award – including a first-ever winner in the category of Genre Excellence.

New York Times best-selling author and Bloomington native, Karen Joy Fowler, is the winner of the $10,000 National Author Award. Danville native Philip Gulley has been named the Regional Author winner, earning him a $7,500 prize. Children’s picture book author, and South Bend resident, April Pulley Sayre, is the winner of the first-ever Genre Excellence Award, earning her a $6,000 cash prize. Emerging Author Award finalists include Sarah Gerkensmeyer (Greencastle), Bill Kenley (Noblesville) and Edward Kelsey Moore (Indianapolis). All winners and finalists will be honored at the eighth-annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner on Oct. 29, 2016, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.

“Like many other writers, the magic of my life is in my childhood and that means Indiana.  I haven't lived there since I was eleven years old, but in my heart I've always been a Hoosier,” said Fowler.  “I'm thrilled and I'm grateful, and when I come to Indiana for the award dinner in October, I'll be coming home.” 

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. This award recipient will also designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2016 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. This award recipient will also designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2016 winner: Philip Gulley

Genre Excellence 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 category is 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 are evaluated on their entire body of work. This award recipient will also designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.

2016 winner: April Pulley Sayre

Additional Hoosier picture book authors and illustrators for caregivers and educators (2016 shortlisted authors and illustrators): Keiko Kasza, Lynn Rowe Reed, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Kristi Valiant and Michele Wood

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. The award recipient will designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing. The Emerging Author winner will be named at the Oct. 29 Award Dinner.

2016 finalists: Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Bill Kenley, Edward Kelsey Moore


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.