Academy Park Press

Academy Park Press

Janice Keck Literary Award 2016


*Congratulations to our 2017 AWARD WINNERS*


Fiction: Finding Franklin by Katie Shands
The Battlefield Guide to Life by James K. Turner
Voice Lessons by Ramon Presson
A Tennessee Breeze by Holly Achurch

The Williamson County Public Library is pleased to announce the 2017 Janice Keck Literary Awards to promote excellence in writing by authors currently residing in Williamson County, Tennessee.  The awards will honor the memory of the late Janice Keck, Director of the Williamson County Public Library from 1979 until her death in 2011.  Keck, an author herself, was a strong supporter of writers and writing in the community.  The awards given in her name will recognize excellence in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry collections, and writing for children.  Only unpublished works will be considered for the awards, although authors who have previously had works published are encouraged to enter.

Submissions will be judged by an independent review committee made up of published authors who are not affiliated with the Williamson County Public Library.

The winning authors will receive a publishing package to include:

  • Assistance in setting up an account with IngramSpark for e-book and print
  • Assistance in obtaining copyright registration (the author will hold the copyright to the work)
  • International Standard Book Number and barcode
  • Library of Congress control number
  • Assistance with registration with online vendors
  • 10 print copies of the work
  • Winning titles will be published under the Academy Park Press imprint


Submissions will be accepted between October 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017. Winners will be announced in the summer of 2017.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Authors must be over 18 years of age.
  • Authors must live in Williamson County.
  • Employees of the Library are not eligible to enter.
  • Authors who previously entered the Janice Keck Literary Awards competition may re-submit their work as long as the work has not been published. 
  • Authors may submit entries in more than one category, but only one submission per category.

Submissions may be made in one of the following ways:

  • In digital form, as one complete Word-compatible document or pdf. Digital submissions should be uploaded to Google Drive and shared with
  • On a flash drive or CD which may be mailed or delivered to the Library, attention Writing Contest Committee. 
  • The Library will keep only the winning entries. Non-winning entries on a flash drive or CD may be retrieved from the Library for up to 60 days following the announcement of the winners. Materials not picked up after 60 days will be erased and recycled for the protection of our entrants.
  • Paper copies will not be accepted.

Submission Requirements:

  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript.
  • The author must submit a separate cover sheet with the manuscript that includes name, address, phone number, and email address. Entries that do not include all the contact information required will not be considered.
  • Poetry collections should include not less than 24 poems, with no more than one poem per page.
  • For collections (poetry and short stories), material may have been published previously in chapbooks, magazines, journals, or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished and we ask that no more than 50% of the individual poems or stories be previously published. Please include a list of acknowledgements of any previously published poems or stories with the cover sheet, not in the manuscript itself.
  • Previously published books, including translations and self-published books, are not eligible.
  • All entries must be “publishing ready.”  In this contest, “publishing ready” means that the manuscript: 
    • Must be carefully edited (edited for content and thoroughly proofed).
    • Must include a concept of artwork for the book cover.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as one complete document or file.  Manuscripts sent with chapters and pages saved as individual files will NOT be accepted.  Times New Roman, 12-point font is preferred.
  • Manuscript pages must be numbered.
  • Children's picture books will NOT be considered if they do not include all illustrations.
  • Submissions must include a 200-word description of the work as the first page of the digital file.
  • If no entry in a given category is deemed to merit an award, no award will be given in that category.
  • The Writing Contest Committee will not be able to provide editorial feedback.

The receipt of each entry will be acknowledged by an email. If a submission is made, but no confirmation email is received, please call 615-595-1243.


Email questions sent to Academy Park Press.



Titles are available for purchase at the Williamson County Public Library Circulation Desk and

Bucky and Bonnie's Library Adventure
ISBN: 9780991191505
FORMAT: paperback
PRICE: $16.99

Bullets and Bayonets: A Battle of Franklin Primer
ISBN: 9780991191529
FORMAT: hardback
PRICE: $25.00

SELF-e eBook platform for Local Indie Authors

Williamson County Public Library has made the SELF-e ebook submission platform freely available to its patrons and local writing community. By submitting your indie-published book here, you can share your ebook(s) with patrons of your local library and libraries throughout your state.

You may also choose to submit your ebook for possible inclusion in the Library Journal SELF-e public library ebook discovery service. These curated modules, which will be sold nation-wide, will feature some of the best ebooks by self-published authors in a variety of genres, as chosen by Library Journal. This free service is available to all indie authors, no matter which self-publishing service(s) they use. All that is required is an engaging story and your ebook file.

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