Featuring the works of lifelong Hoosiers, professors at Indiana colleges and universities, former residents and others, the shortlists feature stories (fact and fiction) about life in Indiana, about nature and about interesting people. At turns whimsical and serious, funny and haunting, the shortlist honorees address pressing topics such as race, immigration, teen pregnancy and suicide. There are also fairies and airships and voodoo. And yes, basketball.
In other words, they represent the incredible breadth and depth of talent, ideas and imagination that this place—our place—evokes in writers. We hope you pick up a copy (or two or ten) and continue to #ReadLocal. To purchase any of these books through local independent bookstores, visit our page on Bookshop.org. And, to read more about the authors and the books, visit IndianaAuthorsAwards.org.
Children’s Shortlist:
Crystal Allen, The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle
John David Anderson, Granted
Gabrielle Balkan, Book of Flight
Skila Brown, Clackety Track: Poems About Trains
Troy Cummings, Can I Be Your Dog?
Helen Frost, Hello, I’m Here!
Michael Homoya,
Shane Gibson and Gillian Harris, Wake Up, Woods
Phillip Hoose, Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City 

Young Adult Shortlist:
Sharon Biggs Waller, Girls on the Verge
Saundra Mitchell, All the Things We Do in the Dark 

Poetry Shortlist:
Lindsey Alexander, Rodeo in Reverse
Callista Buchen, Look Look Look
Eugene Gloria, Sightseer in this Killing City
Debra Kang Dean, Totem: America
Kevin McKelvey, Dream Wilderness Poems
Shari Wagner, The Farm Wife’s Almanac 

Genre Shortlist:
Maurice Broaddus, Pimp My Airship
Sofi Keren, Painted Over
Nate Powell, Come Again
Larry Sweazy, See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery 

Emerging Author Shortlist:
Katie Hesterman, A Round of Robins
Sofi Keren, Painted Over
Robin Lee Lovelace, Savonne, Not Vonny
Chantel Massey, Bursting at the Seams: A Collection of Poetry
Melissa Stephenson, Driven: A White-Knuckled Drive to Heartbreak and Back
Annie Sullivan, Tiger Queen 

Nonfiction Shortlist:
Axton Betz-Hamilton, The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity
Robert Blaemire, Birch Bayh
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights
Nancy Kriplen, J. Irwin Miller
Bill Sullivan, Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are
Melissa Stephenson, Driven: A White-Knuckled Drive to Heartbreak and Back

Fiction Shortlist:
Brian Allen Carr, Opioid, Indiana
Bryan Furuness, Do Not Go On
Brian Leung, Ivy vs. Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands!
Michael Martone, The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond
Chris White, The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

Find out the winners of these categories
(as well as drama) on Sept. 1.
The awards celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors in eight categories and published in the previous two years (2018 and 2019). We’ll also announce a Literary Champion (an individual or organization honored for its contributions to the literary community) on Sept. 2.
In the meantime, follow along with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to learn more about the shortlisted books and authors.Learn more about the 2020 Awards
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