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Lifetime Achievement and Literary Champion

In addition to recognizing recent books by Indiana authors, the Indiana Authors Awards accept nominations for the Literary Champion and Lifetime Achievement awards biennially. Read the nomination guidelines for more information.

Nominations for the 2022 awards opened on September 9, 2021 and will close on January 14, 2022.


The Literary Champion award will be given to an individual or organization for exceptional contributions to Indiana’s community of readers and writers. Anyone may nominate a literary champion, but the nominee must be a current resident of Indiana who has resided in the state for at least five years. Winners receive $2,500 to honor and support these literary activities.


The Lifetime Achievement award recognizes an author for superior literary achievements throughout an entire career. Lifetime Achievement award winners should have significant connections to Indiana (e.g., have lived in the state for the majority of their writing career or have spent significant time writing about the state). Their body of work should demonstrate excellence and considerable contributions to the literary arts both statewide and nationally. Winners receive $5,000 and an opportunity to provide a $500 award to an Indiana library of his or her choice.