Wisconsin Author Project

InfoSoup libraries are excited to join in the announcement of a new statewide contest that will accept submissions of self-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction, to be recognized as the top self-published books in the state.

One winner of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal
  • Honors at the American Library Association Midwinter 2019 THRIVE Reception in Seattle
  • Opportunities to promote your work to Wisconsin public library staff and patrons
  • A Library Journal Digital Review
  • An invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October

One runner-up of this contest will receive:

  • A Library Journal Digital Review
  • An invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Self-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Wisconsin resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

To learn more and to submit your work visit the Wisconsin Author Project page.

For books that do not win, you will still have the opportunity to have your book assessed by Library Journal curators as part of the SELF-e program and make your book available throughout Wisconsin in the soon to launch statewide Indie Wisconsin eBook collection.

In conjunction with the Wisconsin Author's Project, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) has contracted with BiblioBoards to make Pressbooks and Self-e available for free to all Wisconsin residence.


Pressbooks is an easy to use self-publishing tool for creating professional print and ebook editions of your book. To get started, go to https://wplc.pressbooks.pub/ The Pressbooks Help Page provides a detailed users guide and video tutorials on how to use the service.


SELF-e is a way for you to share you eBook. Titles are reviewed by Library Journal. Notable titles will be chosen as SELF-e Select titles and be available to readers throughout the country. All submissions that meet the basic requirements of the program will be eligible to be included in our Indie Wisconsin Collection. To submit your book, please go to https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/wplc/.

SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin collections

Later this month we will be officially launching the Indie Wisconsin collection. The site, however,is up and you can take a sneak peak at Indie Wisconsin. SELF-e Select titles, a collection of the best submitted titles from across the country will also be available here. You can download the BiblioBoard app to access these collections on your mobile device. Access is based on geolocation, so all residents of Wisconsin should have access without any need to sign in.

Author's Rights

With all of these programs, authors retain the sole rights to their work. Participation in the Wisconsin Authors Project, SELF-e, & Indie Wisconsin is non-exclusive and royalty free. Authors can share or sell their works on other sites and, on request, authors can have their titles removed from the SELF-e and Indie Wisconsin Collections.