Each year, we invite submissions of original, published books of fiction (all genres), nonfiction, poetry, and children’s and young adult literature. These may be submitted by authors, illustrators, publicists, or other publishing professionals. We encourage submissions by individuals from diverse backgrounds, including race and ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, class, and/or abilities.

Submissions for the 2019 Festival are now closed. If you would like to submit a book for consideration in the 2020 Festival, please check back here in June 2019.

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018.
  • Online Submissions: Only online submissions are accepted.
  • Agents and Representatives: Agents and author representatives are encouraged to submit if they have the authors’ consent. Please let the authors know that their names have been submitted for consideration.
  • Priorities: Preference is given to books released either in hardback or paperback in 2018 and up to March 19, 2019. Books must be available for sale by March 19, 2019 in order to be considered for the 2019 Festival. E-books will not be considered.
  • Book or ARC submissions: An application will not be considered unless we have received two copies of the book or advanced reader’s copy [ARC] by the October 1 deadline. If copies will not be available until after the October 1 deadline, you must note that in the Comments box and let us know when it will be available. Digital ARCs cannot be accepted. Books or ARCs not available by November 1 will not be considered. We cannot return books. Submissions not accepted for inclusion in the Festival will be donated to the local library.
  • Multiple submissions: If you wish to submit more than one title for an author, please provide details about the second title in the comments field. Please do not submit multiple forms for the same author, even if the books are in different genres and published by different publishers. Provide the necessary details in comments.
  • Co-authors: If both authors wish to participate, please submit a form for each author, including separate bios and photos.
  • Series authors: Please submit the title of the newest book in a series as of March 2019.
  • Book sales: The Festival arranges ALL book sales, working with local bookstores and booksellers; they arrange ordering books. (Upon occasion, authors will need to provide their own books, and we will notify individual authors when that is necessary.)
  • Self-published: Authors with self-published books may submit work if 1) the book has a professional editor; and, 2) the book is available to booksellers with standard discount terms and returnable.
  • Festival structure: Most Festival programs offer panels with two to four participants and a moderator. Festival organizers select the panelists and assign the venues. Book sales and signing immediately follow and are held in the same venue. Explore speakers and types of programming offered in past Festivals by clicking here.
  • A/V requests: Please note that we discourage the use of audio or video components in Festival programs, which tend to be multi-person panel discussions, for books that are not inherently visual (e.g. graphic novels or photography books). Our hope is that speakers will engage in more meaningful and in-depth exchanges without these distractions. However, if you feel that A/V is critical to your work, you must email a request with details about 1) your specific technical needs and 2) what A/V will contribute to your program.
  • Publicity and promotion: Participants and their books are promoted widely through the Festival website and printed materials; in regional and national media; and in blogs, podcasts, social media, and networking sites. The Festival will provide participants with a promotional toolkit, including press release, Festival fact sheet, and logos.
  • Previous years’ applications: Previous participants must reapply each year. In order to encourage diversity of Festival offerings, preference is given to authors who did not participate in the prior year’s Festival. It is Festival policy to not repeat a book that has already been featured in the Festival.
  • Travel and fees: Unless otherwise discussed, speakers are asked to assume the costs of participation, including travel and lodging. There is no submission fee to apply to the Festival.
  • Decisions: Application notifications will be provided by January 15, 2019.
  • Information requested: View a sample PDF of the online form here. You may wish to gather the following information in advance for online submission of an author:
    1. Author and publisher’s contact information
    2. Hi-res photo of author
    3. Forty-word bio
    4. Author’s website
    5. Author’s social media handles, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
    6. Information about whether the author is willing to do school presentations
  • Questions? Please contact Festival staff at