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Emerging Shortlist

We’re excited to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Indiana Authors Awards in the emerging category! Congratulations to the following Hoosier authors and their books: 

A Round of Robins

Katie Hesterman, Fort Wayne, for A Round of Robins, a collection of sixteen plucky, playful poems that takes the reader on a journey through the nesting cycle of a pair of robins.

Painted Over

Sofi Keren, Indianapolis, for Painted Over, in which two former friends, artist Paige and soccer-star Ria, reunite and find romance.

Savonne, Not Vonny

Robin Lee Lovelace, Plainfield, for her novella Savonne, Not Vonny, which follows young Savonne on her journey from Indianapolis to the bayous of New Orleans through a mix of rural magic and urban realism.

Bursting at the Seams

Chantel Massey, an Indianapolis poet, author and teaching artist, for Bursting at the Seams: A Collection of Poetry, exploring the experiences of a Black woman coming of age in the Midwest.


Melissa Stephenson, who grew up in Columbus, Indiana, and lives in Missoula, Montana, for Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back, her memoir about the road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied her.

Tiger Queen

Annie Sullivan, Indianapolis, for Tiger Queen, a fantasy featuring the adventures of a woman-warrior in an exciting retelling of the classic short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”

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