Fall for the Book 2023 Festival Submissions

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Submissions open December 15 - March 30, 2023 - NOW CLOSED

2023 marks Fall for the Book’s 25th anniversary festival! We’ll continue the dynamic mix of in-person, hybrid, and on-demand programming that audiences love. We’d like you to be a part of that. Please note that submissions received during this window will be considered for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Fall for the Book Podcast programming. Our main festival will occur October 11-14, 2023. 

Submission Guidelines

Authors, agents or publicists, please submit the following materials to be considered as a participant at the 2023 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 March 31 deadline, but your book will be published by the beginning of October 2023, 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 15, 2022 and October 15, 2023. 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 December 15, 2022, email submissions to 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, 2023. 

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