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  • Shelagh Clancy

Submit Your Book By May 31

The North Carolina Author Project is a way for libraries to help independent, self-published authors get the

recognition they deserve.

Submit your book by May 31, 2023 for a chance to win $1,000. It’s free!

The Indie Author Project (IAP) is a publishing community of public libraries, authors, curators, and readers working together to connect library patrons with great indie-published books. IAP has assisted more than 12,000 indie authors to get into their local libraries. And the project works with top curation partners and librarians to identify the best indie eBooks available to readers.

Through this publishing community, authors submit eBooks directly to their local public library to then be vetted by industry editorial partners (such as Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and others) and regional library editorial boards.

Prizes and Eligibility

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 each in adult and young adult categories

  • Honors at the 2023 Indie Author Day Reception

  • Opportunities to promote your books at North Carolina public libraries

  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal

  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection (ePUB format required for eligibility)

Each book submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published

  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre

  • Written by a North Carolina resident

  • Available in either ePUB (strongly encouraged) or PDF file

To enter your self-published book in this contest, go to

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