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The Awards

Honoring Hoosier Authors

The Indiana Authors Awards were established in 2009 through the vision and generosity of Eugene and Marilyn Glick as a way to honor the contributions of Hoosier authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

In 2019, Indiana Humanities began administering the award as a biennial honor that awards the best books written by Hoosier authors in multiple categories. 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.

Beginning in 2020, the Indiana Authors Awards will honor books in the following categories every two years:

Fiction

Nonfiction

Poetry

Children’s

Young Adult

Drama

Genre

Emerging

Two additional awards will 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

Read the nomination guidelines for more details. Nominations open on Oct. 21, 2019, and close on Jan. 6, 2020. Authors, publishers, agents and friends are welcome to nominate books.

To nominate

1. Fill out the application form.

2. Pay the $30 processing fee.

3. Send five copies of the book to:

Indiana Humanities, c/o Megan Telligman, 1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Winners will be notified during the summer of 2020 and honored at a press event in the fall of 2020.

ELIGIBILITY

Nominations for the 2020 awards open Oct. 21, 2019. Books published between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019, are eligible for the award in 2020.

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 are 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.