Texas Libraries Launch Local Author Contest - Texas Author Project seeks judges as it creates opportunities for indie-published authors

Texas Center for the Book
Austin, TX

Logo for Center for the Book TexasThe Texas Center for the Book is pleased to join in the announcement of a local author contest now accepting submissions to be recognized as the top independently-published e-books in Texas. In addition to calling for submissions of both adult and young-adult fiction, the contest also seeks book-loving judges.

Winners in each category will receive $500, as well as:

  • Inclusion in a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library.
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at public libraries.
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news.

The creation of the Texas Author Project seeks not only to give librarians a chance to engage with a growing group of fresh literary voices, but also an opportunity to play an active role in the discovery and promotion of new works.

For indie-published authors, the contest has the potential to elevate careers. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians can create credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Winning authors may reach hundreds, if not thousands, of new readers and they may also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.

“At the Texas Center for the Book, we seek to celebrate and support the written word,” commented Rebekah Manley, Coordinator of the Texas Center for the Book. “This contest provides an excellent platform for indie-published authors to showcase their work and receive recognition.”
Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Independently published.
  • In the category of adult or young adult fiction.
  • Written by a resident of the state in which it is entered.
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format.

The contest is accepting submissions from April 1, 2019, through May 31, 2019. Authors can submit at indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/texas. Interested judges can learn more and sign up here:  https://indieauthorproject.com/judges/


 One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and partners with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers for our shared mission of promoting a love of literature to the more than 26 million residents of the Lone Star State. For more information contact Rebekah Manley at 512-936-2505. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.

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Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book
Page last modified: May 6, 2019