INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Four authors with Indiana ties were honored at last weekend's 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Dinner.
Karen Joy Fowler: National Author Winner - $10,000 prize. A writer whose work is known and read throughout the country. Philip Gulley: Regional Author Winner - $7,500 prize. A writer who is well-known and respected throughout the state of Indiana. April Pulley Sayre: NEW Genre Excellence - Children's Picture Book Author Winner - $6,000 prize: This new category will rotate each year to recognize authors of excellence in specific genres and highlight the rich diversity of writing in the state. The author and/or illustrator must be from Indiana or have lived in Indiana for at least five years. Sarah Gerkensmeyer: Emerging Author Winner - $5,000 prize: A writer who has published no more than two books during his/her lifetime. The title(s) must have been published within the past 10 years. In addition to a cash prize, each winner's chosen Indiana public library will receive a $2,500 grant from The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Since the Award's inception in 2009, selected authors have won a total of $186,000, and selected libraries have received $67,500 in grants. "It is an honor to recognize the rich, diverse literary talent in our state through the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award," said Marianne Glick, Director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. "From picture books to novels, Indiana writers continue to create quality work for readers of all ages." Award nominations were submitted from across the state in early spring. Any published writer who was born in Indiana or who had lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible. Selected authors were evaluated by a nine-member, statewide Award Panel based on their entire body of work. Nominations for the 2017 Indiana Authors Award will open in February. Visit indianaauthorsaward.org for more information. About The Glick Fund: The Glick Fund was established by Gene and Marilyn Glick to support a variety of causes in central Indiana. In addition to establishing the Indiana Authors Award with The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, the Glick Philanthropies have invested substantially in the areas of affordable housing, education, arts and creative expression, basic needs and self-sufficiency. About the Library Foundation: The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation promotes patronage and secures support for the advancement of programs, services and facilities of The Indianapolis Public Library to benefit a diverse learning community. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161103/435976