Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript Contest is now open!

Calling all local authors! If you have a finished work of Adult fiction that’s not yet published, consider entering it in the 2021 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript Contest!

Sponsored by The Illinois Author Project, a collaboration between the the Illinois Library Association, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and other contributors, the contest recognizes the best unpublished Adult Fiction written by an Illinois author.

Entries will be judged by Illinois librarians. The winner will receive editing from a professional line editor, who will help the author polish their manuscript, a professionally designed book cover, and self-publishing guidance from past winners of the Soon To Be Famous contest. In addition, the finished book will be automatically entered as a semi-finalist in the 2022 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Contest.

Manuscripts must meet formatting criteria, available on the contest website. Entries will be accepted through January 3, 2021, and are limited to one entry per author.

The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Manuscript contest is one of two contests offered by The Illinois Author Project. The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest is for independently published authors residing in Illinois. That contest will open for entries in April, 2021.

The Illinois Author Project (IAP) is part of an ongoing, library-driven effort to support and promote Illinois authors, whether they are unpublished or self-published. Readers can access self-published fiction in many genres for free, open-ended check-outs, through the IAPs digital collection.