INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A call for nominations for the 2011 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award opens on Feb. 1 and extends through March 25, 2011. The award is a program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation and recognizes the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. It is funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
The goal of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is to elevate the written arts in Indiana, inspiring Hoosiers' love of reading and drawing greater attention to "home-grown" literary greats. The award celebrates authors whose quality work has made, or has the potential to make, a lasting public impact.
The Indiana Authors Award invites participation beginning with the nomination process, culminating with a day of free public programs and a ticketed Award Dinner on Oct. 29, 2011 at the Central Library in Indianapolis.
Nomination forms are available until March 25 at www.indianaauthorsaward.org. There is no fee to nominate an author. Complete information and eligibility guidelines are included on the nomination forms.
Any published writer who was born in Indiana or who has lived in Indiana for at least five consecutive years is eligible for nomination. A ten-member, statewide award panel will select winners in three categories from the publicly nominated authors:
- National Author - $10,000 prize: a writer with Indiana ties, but whose work is known and read throughout the country. National authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
- Regional Author - $7,500 prize: A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. Regional authors will be evaluated on their entire body of work.
- Emerging Author - $5,000 prize: A writer who has published no more than two books during his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the last 10 years. Emerging authors will be evaluated on these specific works.
Each author's Indiana hometown public library will receive a grant of $2,500 from the Library Foundation.
"These awards would not be a success without passionate readers across the state nominating their favorite writers," said Marianne Glick, daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and vice chair of The Glick Fund. "Our family is incredibly proud to be part of a program that continues to gain such momentum year after year."
At last year's dinner, Indiana native Scott Russell Sanders was presented with the National Author award while Ray Boomhower received the Regional Author award and Greg Schwipps received the Emerging Author award. These authors, as well as their hometown Indiana libraries, each received grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.
To submit a 2011 nomination or to learn more, contact the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.
SOURCE Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation