a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation


Celebrating 10 years, hundreds of stories

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award was established when The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation received a generous grant from the Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. This program seeks to recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

Award Categories

  • National Author – $10,000 prize: A writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. The national author will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
  • Regional Author – $7,500 prize: A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. The regional author will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
  • Emerging Author – $5,000 prize: A writer who has published no more than two books during his or her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years. Emerging authors will be evaluated on these specific works.
  • Genre Excellence 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. Note: We are awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the Award's 10-year anniversary and will not have a Genre Excellence category in 2018. The Genre Excellence category will resume in 2019. 

In addition to a cash prize, each author’s Indiana hometown public library will receive a grant of $2,500 from the Library Foundation. For a complete list of past public library grant recipients, click here.

From start to finish, the Indiana Authors Award invites participation from people around the state beginning with the nomination process, and continuing throughout the year with outreach to organizations serving readers and writers, an interactive website, public programs and more. 

Click here for more on the history and impact of the Award program over the last 10 years. 

2017 Indiana Authors Award

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, the Library Foundation invited book lovers to a full day of complimentary activities at the downtown Central Library to celebrate Indiana’s thriving author scene. The day included author lectures, workshops for aspiring writers and more.

That evening, Central Library was transformed into a festive event space for an Award Dinner celebrating Indiana authors and the year’s winners and finalists. A variety of sponsorship opportunities exist for the Award Dinner and public programs. Because of a generous grant from the Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, 100 percent of the proceeds from the Award Dinner will benefit programs of The Indianapolis Public Library and Library Foundation. The 2017 Award Dinner raised more than $125,000!