Washington Center for the Book presents the Washington Author Project

Sara Peté/ March 16, 2022/ Uncategorized

Washington Center for the Book launches local author contest

Washington Author Project creates opportunities for indie-published authors

Washington Center for the Book, in partnership with Library Journal and BiblioBoard‘s Indie Author Project, is pleased to join in the announcement of a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top indie-published eBooks in Washington state.

Libraries of Washington: Washington Author Project launch calls have been set up over the next few weeks leading up to the start of the contest (the same content will be covered in each session, we just want to give people multiple options to join). These calls are open to any interested Washington libraries or literary organizations, and will go over all of the details of the contests including timeline, resources, judging process, etc. It is the same registration link for all of the calls, simply select your preferred date/time when registering.

Calls are scheduled for:
Friday, March 18, 9 a.m.
Monday, March 21, noon
Tuesday, March 29, 2 p.m.

Winners in each category will receive $1000 as well as:

  • Honors at the 2022 Indie Author Day Reception
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at a Washington Center for Book event
  • Inclusion in a full-page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news
  • Opportunities earn royalties through the IAP Select collection (ePUB format required for eligibility)

The creation of the Washington Author Project gives librarians not only 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 is a fantastic prospect to elevate their careers and expand their readership. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via the contest, and can also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.

The mission of the Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, is to promote literacy and a love of books, reading and libraries. We are pleased to help connect our state’s indie authors with libraries and the library patrons of our state, and possibly, beyond.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Independently-published
  • In the category of adult or young adult fiction
  • Written by a Washington state resident
  • Available in either ePUB (strongly encouraged) or PDF format

The contest will accept submissions from April 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022. Authors can submit at https://indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/washington

Contact:
Sara Peté
Washington Center for the Book, co-manager
Sara.Pete@sos.wa.gov

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