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2020 Winners

Phillip Hoose

Phillip Hoose

Children’s

Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City

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James Still

Drama

The Jack Plays

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Melissa Stephenson
Driven

Melissa Stephenson

Emerging

Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

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Chris White
The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

Chris White

Fiction

The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

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Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus

Genre

Pimp My Airship

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Ross Gay
The Book of Delights

Ross Gay

Nonfiction

The Book of Delights

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Eugene Gloria
Sightseer in this Killing City

Eugene Gloria

Poetry

Sightseer in This Killing City

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saundra mitchell
All the Things We Do in the Dark

Saundra Mitchell

Young Adult

All the Things We Do in the Dark

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Indiana Writers Center

Literary Champion

For contributions to the literary community

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connecting HOOSIER WRITERS AND READERS


Like the Hoosier stonecutters who unearth the limestone that forms buildings around the globe, Indiana authors give the world’s readers something that can come only from this state.

Something with a distinctive texture and strength. Something present yet enduring. Something local yet of value everywhere. Something beautiful in its variety and endless in its possibility.

Today the state’s vibrant literary scene produces new authors and new works in every genre. From inspirational slam poetry to world-shaping sci-fi, from insightful young-adult fiction to thought-provoking essays, Indiana writers offer unique Hoosier voices formed from the state’s deep quarries of diverse experiences. 

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, newly expanded and powered by Indiana Humanities, celebrate these authors and their recent works. They also shine a spotlight on the state’s literary community and deepen connections between Hoosier writers and readers.

The Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Hoosier authors in multiple categories every two years—books that build on the state’s bedrock of literary tradition and provide a vast mine of material for Indiana Humanities’ rich literary programming.

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