Soon to Be Famous Illinois Authors

Will You Be the Next Soon to be Famous Illinois Author?


The Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project will begin accepting applications for the 2018 contest in October. Authors must be nominated by an Illinois library (public, academic, school, or special) and must reside in Illinois. Sponsored works must be self-published works in the adult fiction genre. 

The fourth Soon to be Famous Illinois Author, Daniel Rosenberg, was named April 12, 2017, for his novel The Towers Still Stand

Soon to be Famous Illinois Authors:

  • 2016 -- Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, Lines--.
  • 2015 -- Michael Alan Peck, The Commons Book 1: The Journeyman.
  • 2014 -- Joanne Zienty, The Things We Save 

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The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author project is being coordinated in collaboration with the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and Reaching across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is supported by the American Library Association Digital Content Working Group, the Public Library Association (PLA), and Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS).

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