Fall for the Book 2022 Festival Submissions

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Submissions open January 10 - April 29, 2022

In 2022, Fall for the Book will host a hybrid festival, with a mixture of in-person programming that our readers have dearly missed, and virtual programming that makes the festival accessible around the DMV, nation, and the globe! Fall for the Book 2022 events will occur during the month of October only, with specific dates forthcoming.

Submission Guidelines

Authors, agents or publicists, please submit the following materials to be considered as a participant at the 2022 Fall for the Book festival:

  • Authors: Complete an Author Submission form or for Publishers & Publicists: Complete a Multi-Author Submission form (submitted as a .doc or .docx. No PDFs please)
  • One copy of the book being considereddigital copies are strongly preferred. PDF Galleys are fine. If your galley won’t be ready until after the April 29 deadline, but your book will be published by the festival date, still submit all other materials before the deadline and just let us know about the galley.
  • Publicity materials including, press kit with book synopsis, hi-res author photograph and hi-res book cover. Please send publicity material in digital form only. Do not mail hard copies of your submission paperwork. 

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 hardcover or paperback between October 10, 2021 and October 31, 2022. 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, as well as the ideal age range for the activity.

Self-published or hybrid-published writers must have had their books professionally edited to be considered for the festival. If you have questions about self-publishing or hybrid publishing and what each entails, the following posts are good primers: https://www.janefriedman.com/self-publish-your-book/ and https://www.janefriedman.com/what-is-a-hybrid-publisher/ 

We do not offer booths for authors to sell their books. 

Submitting Books

Starting January 10, 2022, email submissions to Marketing Director Kate Lewis: submissions [@] fallforthebook.org. Digital Arcs/Galleys are strongly preferred. 

If this is not possible, please email Kate Lewis at kate [@] fallforthebook.org for our mailing address. If you mail any materials, email us to be sure we receive them. All submissions will be notified of their status by August 1, 2022. Thank you for your patience with our delayed response time.

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