INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The call for nominations for the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award opens on Feb. 2, and extends through March 20, 2015. The Award is a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and strives 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.
Any published writer who was born in Indiana or who has lived in Indiana for at least five consecutive years is eligible for nomination. An eight-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.
In addition to a cash prize, each author's Indiana hometown public library will receive a grant of $2,500 from the Library Foundation.
To nominate an author, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org. The nomination process is quick, easy and free of charge. Complete information and eligibility guidelines are included on the nomination forms. Authors nominated in the past five years will be considered again for the 2015 Award. To provide additional comments for a previously nominated author, please email [email protected].
The Indiana Authors Award invites involvement beginning with the nomination process and continues throughout the year with outreach to organizations serving readers and writers, culminating with a day of free public programs and a ticketed Award Dinner on Oct. 10, 2015, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.
Last year's Award Dinner raised more than $79,000 for the Library Foundation. At the dinner, Michael Shelden was presented with the National Author Award, while Norbert Krapf received the Regional Author Award and Kelsey Timmerman received the Emerging Author Award.
SOURCE The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation