2nd Annual Wisconsin Author Project

InfoSoup libraries are excited to join in the announcement of the 2nd annual local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top independently-published eBook in Wisconsin.The 2019 contest is open and will be accepting submissions through May 31.

One winner of this contest will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize donated by BiblioBoard Library
  • Honors at the 2020 Public Library Association Conference in Nashville, TN
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Wisconsin public libraries
  • Invitation to speak at the Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference in October
    • Winner and Runner Up
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news

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 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 a self-publishing tool that you can use to create and/or format your eBook for submission to the Wisconsin Author Project.


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/. Visit the WPLC web site to learn more about SELF-e.

BiblioBoard: Indie Wisconsin collection and SELF-e Select.

BiblioBoard is a eBook collection free to all Wisconsin residents! No login required and all books are always available. BiblioBoard consists of a set of smaller collections, highlighted by Indie Wisconsin. Also included is a set of SELF-e Select titles, a curated collection of the best SELF-e submission from around the country. Visit the WPLC web site to learn more about BiblioBoard or visit the BiblioBoard site. A BiblioBoard mobile app is also available. 

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.