The Indie Author Project Annual Contest Opens April 1!

The Indie Author Project unveils new format for the 2024 contests

The Indie Author Project (IAP) is thrilled to announce the seventh Indie Author Project Annual Contests!

More than a writing competition, the IAP contests are an opportunity to help local authors build readership within their communities and establish meaningful partnerships within libraries and beyond. Last year, Jefferson County Public Library patron Tasha Christensen won the Colorado Indie Author Project Contest!

This year, the awards will honor the best indie-published ebooks in seven genres:

  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • General/Contemporary Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Young Adult

One winner and two honorable mentions from each genre will be selected. Each genre winner shall receive $2,500, and honorable mentions will receive $500. All winners and honorable mentions will also receive:

  • Inclusion in "Library Journal's Best of Books" December issue
  • Honors at the Indie Author Project Awards Reception at ALA
  • Opportunities to promote their book(s) at JCPL
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select Commercial Collections (ePUB format required for eligibility)

Additionally, one author will be selected from the winners across all genres as the 2024 Indie Author of the Year. This winner will receive all of the above rewards plus:

  • $5,000
  • Audiobook production 
  • Ongoing marketing and promotional opportunities

Authors who submit their writing will have the opportunity to win the contest and to make their ebooks available through the Indie Author Project collections.

The contest submission period runs from April 1 to May 31. Winners will be announced during the Indie Author Day reception in November.

For more information and help with all things writing, check out JCPL's Writing Guide with recommended reads, resources and events!