The Great Lakes Great Reads program is an annual program to recognize excellence in writing for books about or written by authors with ties to the Great Lakes region. The awards given annually are for Adult and Children's Books.
Eligible titles must be:
- Frontlist titles
- Published between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017
- Either written by an author with ties to the states in the region (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH) or set in those states
Self-published books may be submitted if they are carried at a major distributor (Baker & Taylor or Ingram, ).
Nominations many be submitted throughout the year, but must be submitted by April 15, 2017.
A committee will review these nominations and produce a shortlist of titles. The shortlist will be announced May 2nd, and GLIBA store members vote to determine the final titles. The winners will be announced June 13th. The GLGR awards will be presented at the Heartland Fall Forum in the fall of each year. The HFF in 2017 will be October 11th-13th at The Westin Lombard in Lombard IL.