Calling All Wordsmiths: 6th Annual Indie Author Project Contest

Phoebe Swan Guiot, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions,
laptop with the indie author page on screen

Attention all independent authors in California! Are you looking to gain recognition and expand your readership? Then look no further than The California Author Project. This year the Los Angeles Public Library is participating in this statewide author contest that seeks to find the best self-published adult or young adult fiction book written by a California resident.

Not only will winners in each category receive a cash prize of $1,000, but they will also have the opportunity to promote their winning title at California public libraries, be featured in a full-page spread in Library Journal, and earn royalties through the IAP Select collection. And let's not forget about the honors at the 2023 Indie Author Day Reception!

But the benefits of submitting your book go beyond just the awards and perks. Being recognized by librarians adds credibility and visibility to your work in the ever-growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. And by winning this contest, you'll be reaching hundreds, if not thousands, of new readers throughout California.

To be eligible, each book must be independently published, fall under the category of adult or young adult fiction, be written by a California resident, and be available in either ePUB or PDF format.

So, what are you waiting for? Submit your book to the California Author Project between April 1, 2023, and May 31, 2023. This is your chance to elevate your career as an indie author and make your mark in the literary world. Good luck!