Submissions are now closed for the 2018 festival. 2019 submissions will open on November 1, 2018.

There is no application fee.

Authors, agents or publicists, please submit the following materials to be considered as a participant at the 2018 Fall for the Book festival:

  • A completed Author Submission Form (submitted as a .doc or .docx. No PDFs please)
  • One copy of the book being considered, either in hard copy (preferred) or digital.
  • Publicity materials including, press kit with book synopsis, hi-res author photograph and hi-res book cover.

Download the Fall for the Book 2018 Author Submission Form

We accept authors in all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history, sociology/psychology, graphic novels, YA, children’s literature etc. We also accept panel suggestions.

Preference will be given to books published in hard cover or paperback between October 15, 2017 and October 10, 2018. To be considered, books must be available for sale by the festival dates. It is festival policy to not feature the same book two years in a row.

Our focus for children’s events are interactive activities. Children’s book authors, when you submit, please include a short description of the type of activity you could do in 45 minutes to accompany the book.

We host one self-published panel per year. If you are a self-published writer whose book has been professionally edited, please submit a panel proposal with suggested panelists’ names.

Submissions can be sent to Festival Manager Suzy Rigdon:

ARC/book copies and any printed materials may be mailed to:

Suzy Rigdon

Fall for the Book

4400 University Drive, MS3E4

Fairfax, VA 22030


Print materials will not be returned. All submissions will be notified of their status by July 15, 2018.

Questions? Email Suzy Rigdon or call her at 703-993-4039.