Submissions for the 2020 festival open January 2, 2020.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020. There is no application fee.

Fall for the Book 2020 will run from October 7-10.

Authors, agents or publicists, please submit the following materials to be considered as a participant at the 2020 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 or digital. Galleys are fine. If your galley won’t be ready until after the May 15 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.

Download the Fall for the Book 2020 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 hardcover or paperback between October 13, 2019 and October 10, 2020. 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. 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/
https://www.janefriedman.com/what-is-a-hybrid-publisher/ “

Starting January 2, 2020, submissions can be sent to Marketing Director Kate Lewis: submissions@fallforthebook.org. Digital Arcs/Galleys are welcome.

ARC/book copies may be mailed to:

Fall for the Book

4400 University Drive, MS3E4

Fairfax, VA 22030

Print materials will not be returned unless a SASE is included. All submissions will be notified of their status by July 17, 2020.

Questions? Email Kate Lewis at kate [@] fallforthebook.org.