Are you an author or group looking to be featured at Get Lit! Festival in 2021? Do you have an idea for an event that you would like to be part of? You're in luck! You can submit here to be part of our 23rd annual festival, April 15th-18th, 2021.  The Get Lit! Festival presents readings, writing workshops, craft classes, panel discussions, poetry slams, book launches, and other events throughout the week. We also have a book fair each year that features many local and regional small presses, literary magazines, bookstores, writing groups, clubs, etc. Organizations and vendors seeking to be part of the book fair should submit here as well.

We are currently planning for Get Lit! 2021 to include in-person events; however, due to the unpredictable nature of Covid-19, all events will need digital contingency plans, as social distancing and/or stay at home orders could be in effect next April. New this year: we will be asking all authors with event submissions to submit an idea for an in-person event, as well as their contingency plan for a virtual event. (See *Virtual Get Lit!* below.)

If you’d like to be involved with Get Lit! 2021, please submit a CV (if applicable) that includes contact information, web address, list of publications by genre, prizes and awards, and other relevant experience. We also request a digital ARC of your work or a PDF sample (if applicable), along with a brief cover letter. If you are interested in presenting a panel discussion, it is best to submit an idea for a complete panel with 3-5 panelists and a moderator. The more information you can give us in your submission the better!

*Virtual Get Lit!*: In addition to your original submission, please include a virtual contingency plan for your event, one that you would be able to present from home using your own technology. Some possibilities: Zoom panels, pre-recorded readings, live craft classes via webcam… the virtual world is your oyster! Please include as many details as possible, including how you will create this content. (i.e. cell phone camera, cell phone app, computer software, Zoom, etc.) and who will be involved.

If you are applying to be part of the book fair, please simply submit a cover letter. Note that there will be a $100 charge for space at our book fair in 2021 (if accepted). Participants should also plan to bring their own table/chairs. In your cover letter, please also include ways that you could present content digitally, or ways that we could help you promote your organization or business in the event that we must go digital.

Please note that while many of our authors and events are chosen from this "slush" pile, we do also personally invite many of our headlining authors each year. As a non-profit program, we are unable to offer all of our authors financial compensation; however, we will have some financial assistance available for those who apply for financial aid. These funds are limited and are reserved mainly to assist in off-setting travel expenses.

Note that we are especially interested in featuring the following:

  • Writers of color
  • LGBTQ+ writers
  • Variously-abled writers
  • Events/authors focusing on environmental justice
  • Events/authors focusing on criminal justice and incarceration
  • True crime authors/events
  • Translation/International themes
  • Film/screenwriting
  • Nonfiction writers, especially memoirists
  • Events/authors that cross genres
  • Events/authors that combine writing with music/art
  • Events dealing with gaming and world building
  • Topics/themes related to being a writer/artist in the current pandemic


We value feedback from our community and love suggestions for future headlining authors, events, or topics you would like to see featured. Please be sure to fill out a survey!

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