Manuscript Project Contest

About This Project

We are accepting only unpublished works of adult fiction written by Illinois residents for the 2024 Manuscript Project. Submissions are being accepted between January 2, 2024 and March 1, 2024. Only one submission per author accepted. Please see eligibility below for other important details.


Submission Guidelines

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Additional Information

To be considered for the contest, your manuscript must be:

  • Unpublished
  • Adult Fiction genre only
  • Written by an Illinois resident
  • Only one submission per author accepted
  • Available in either Word Doc. or PDF file

Additionally, your submission must meet our guidelines. Failure to meet criteria below may result in disqualification for your entry.

  • The Manuscript itself must be formatted as a single Word.doc or PDF
    • 12 pt (Arial, Calibri, Times Roman)
    • 1.5 line spacing
    • Multiple files not accepted
  • A Title Page with the following:
    • Title (Working)
    • Author Name
    • Word count number (entries must be no fewer than 50,000 and no more than 100,000 words)
    • A Synopsis on the title page (50 words or less)
    • An Author Bio also on the title page (100 words or less)


The winner chosen by Illinois librarian judges will receive these valuable prizes:

  • Professional line editor who will work with you to polish your novel.
  • Professionally designed cover.
  • Self-publishing guidance from past STBF winners and committee members.
  • If the winner elects to self-publish the winning manuscript, the finished book would be entered as semi-finalist status in the 2025 Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project Contest.

If your manuscript meets the above criteria, please click below to get started.

Submission Deadline

March 1, 2024

File Types Accepted