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The Awards

Honoring Hoosier Authors

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books by Hoosier authors. In 2019, Indiana Humanities began administering the award as a biennial honor. Winners of the Indiana Authors Awards receive $5,000 and are invited to participate in a statewide speakers program. Additionally, winning authors have the opportunity to designate a $500 award to an Indiana library of their choice. For more information on the award categories, eligibility requirements and selection process, read the nomination guidelines.

the Indiana Authors Awards honor books in the following categories every two years:

Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

Children’s

Young Adult

Drama

Genre

Emerging

Two additional awards recognize authors’ contributions to Indiana’s literary community and their legacy. Each award cycle, the Indiana Authors Awards will accept nominations for the Literary Champion award for contributions to the community of readers and writers in Indiana and the Lifetime Achievement award for an extraordinary body of work by a Hoosier author.

HOW TO APPLY

Nominations are now closed for the 2020 awards cycle, but you can peruse the nomination guidelines for more details about the submission process.

ELIGIBILITY

Nominations for the 2022 awards cycle will open in the fall of 2021.

Nominated authors should be current full or part-time residents of Indiana who have resided in the state for at least five (consecutive or non-consecutive) years. We will also consider books from authors with deep connections to the Hoosier State who might not currently live in the state. If you’re not a current resident, you’ll be asked upon applying to provide a description of why you consider yourself an Indiana author. Lifetime Achievement award nominees need not live in-state. For the Literary Champion award, special consideration is given to nominees currently living and working in Indiana.

While awards are only given to authors with current residency or significant Indiana ties, the Indiana Authors Awards have great interest in sharing new books about Indiana. If you have a new book about Indiana that you would like to share for promotional purposes, please email info@indianaauthorsawards.org.

Self-published books were not eligible for the 2020 awards cycle. The Indiana Authors Awards aim to support and celebrate all Indiana writers, however. While self-published books are not considered at this time, the Awards are committed to spreading the word about works written by Hoosier authors. If you have a self-published book or upcoming event you would like to share for promotion, please email info@indianaauthorsawards.org.

Selection process

Winning books will be selected by juries made up of three or more scholars, writers, subject matter experts and librarians. Juries have the option of making no award in a particular category.