eSpotlight Extra - California Author Project

California Author Project in partnership with Library Journal SELF-e

The California Author Project wants to find the Best Self-Published Book in the State of California!

Is that book yours? Submit for a chance to win.

This year's contest runs from April 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

We will be accepting submissions through the California Author Project Portal at

The winners of this contest will receive:

  • $500 each in Adult or Young Adult categories
  • A write-up in the December print issue of Library Journal
  • Honors at ALA Midwinter 2019 THRIVE Reception in Seattle
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at California Public Libraries
  • A Library Journal Digital Review (Winners + Honorable Mentions)

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

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

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Submit your work at

If you're not sure how to get your book into ePUB or PDF format, check out Pressbooks.  You can format and export your book for submission.  It's free with your library card!

Need Help?

Contact us for help or to ask questions. 



I have been writing for awhile and I have self published 5 books already. I did them awhile ago though. I was between the ages 17-20 when I wrote them. I am 24 years old now, 25 in May. Is there an age deadline? The books I have already self published aren’t ones that I want to put in the contest because I don’t think they are that great. I am in the middle of an idea for another book but I want to be sure I can still join before I try to rush and finish this book.

Hi Eleni, Anyone can join, no matter what their age. We'd love to have you submit your book! -Stacy

What does mean when a book is self published?

Hi, That means that the author published the book through a print-on-demand service or through an online bookstore without going through a traditional publisher.

Are anthologies eligible?

Yes, that's ok.

Our patrons would like to know if they can submit more than one book.

Yes, I submitted one book and immediately it asked if I want to submit another one.

You are welcome submit more than one book to the contest.

Am I able to submit finished work in a PDF file that has not yet been published? Release date is January, 2019.

Yes, that's ok. We'd be happy to have you submit it!

Is it possible to work with another person to complete the book?

I have the exact same question. My friend and I want to work together to make a book. We could split up the $500 (if we win).

I really hope someone would reply with an answer. This has been bothering me for quite a long time.

Hello, I'm sorry to have missed your comments! It's perfectly ok to work together as co-authors as long as you're both content to share the limelight! -StacyT

Is there a required length for the novel (i.e. number of words or pages)?

Hello, No there are no length requirements. -Stacy

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