Fall for the Book 2021 Festival Submissions

Submissions are now closed

Fall for the Book like the rest of the world, is hopeful life will return to normal by this Fall and the vaccine will allow us to have in-person programming once more. However, we are currently operating under the assumption that some if not all of our programming will be virtual again in 2021. Submitting to the 2021 festival means you consent to be assigned to a virtual event if chosen to participate.

Fall for the Book 2021 events will occur during the month of October only.

Submission Guidelines

Authors, agents or publicists, please submit the following materials to be considered as a participant at the 2021 Fall for the Book festival:

  • Complete an Author Submission form (submitted as a .doc or .docx. No PDFs please)
  • One copy of the book being considereddigital copies are strongly preferred. Fall for the Book is moving offices and there may be a significant delay in us receiving any hard copies. PDF Galleys are fine. If your galley won’t be ready until after the April 30 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, 2020 and October 31, 2021. 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/ 

Submitting Books

Starting January 4, 2021, 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. Fall for the Book is in the midst of a move. If you mail any materials, you must email us to be sure we receive them. All submissions will be notified of their status by July 16, 2021. 

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