The 2019 Wisconsin Author Project is Underway!

The 2019 Wisconsin Author Project launched on Monday, giving libraries yet another opportunity to help local authors get the recognition they deserve for writing great books! Wisconsin residents can submit their books here by May 31st!

This year's prizes are:

  • $1,000 cash prize donated by BiblioBoard (winner)
  • Honors at the Public Library Association Conference 2020 reception in Nashville (winner)
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Wisconsin public libraries (winner)
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal (winner)
  • Invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October (winner + runner up)

We have put together information and promotional materials to help you get the word out, including web graphics, a print poster, a press release to share at

Also, we did want to share a few common questions we've received the first few days of the contest and their answers, just in case you get similar questions:

Q: Does my book have to be unpublished or self-published to be considered for the contest?
A: No. The only requirement for publication status is that you have the rights to the work and you haven't granted exclusive rights to any other entity.

Q: Does my book need cover art to be considered?
A: Nope! Though most entries are submitted with cover art, it is not required. See the cover art from past entries in the Indie Wisconsin collection.

Q: Does my book need to be a certain length to be considered?
A: While there is not a length requirement for submissions, the contest entries should be considered "books," not much shorter forms such as personal essays or single short stories.


Contact with any questions.