Submission information and guidelines for Get Lit! Festival 2024
First, we want to thank all of the authors, sponsors, community partners, and interns who made our 25th anniversary festival such a success. We were thrilled with our lineup of 40+ events and 80+ authors, which included our Nation's Poet Laureate Ada Limón!

The 26th annual Get Lit! Festival is being planned primarily as an in-person celebration, with some additional virtual events. The festival will take place in April 2024. Exact dates TBD.  In 2024, the festival will be moving from a four-day celebration with 40+ events, to a one- or two-day festival with 15-20 events total, including virtual. This change is due in part to issues of budget and overall support, and it means we will need to be more selective when it comes to programming.

If you are an author or group of authors looking to be featured at the next festival, you can submit your event ideas here, via Submittable. Each year we present readings, writing workshops, craft classes, panel discussions, open-mics, book launches, and many other events, and this will not change even as we consolidate to create a smaller festival. As stated above, 2024’s festival will offer both in-person and virtual options, so please read the full guidelines below before drafting your submission.
The 2024 festival will also include a book fair, which will be set-up at our festival hub, the historic Montvale Event Center. The book fair will feature many local and regional small presses, literary magazines, bookstores, arts organizations, nonprofits, etc. Organizations and vendors seeking to be part of the in-person book fair should also submit using this portal.

Authors: If you’d like to be involved with Get Lit! 2024, please submit the following (as applicable):

  • CV that includes contact information, web address, list of publications by genre, prizes and awards, and other relevant experience.
  • A digital ARC of your work, a PDF sample, or links to online publications.
  • A brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in being part of the festival, and why your event will be of interest to our community and the writing community at large.        
    • 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! (The same goes for a proposed reading event with a specific group of writers!)
  • Specify at the top of your cover letter whether you are submitting an event for: in-person, virtual, or either.
  • Please note that we are a non-profit with limited funding, and while we try our best to offer every participant a modest honorarium, this will likely not cover travel costs. 

Vendors/Orgs: If you are applying to be part of the book fair, please submit:

  • Cover letter that tells us a little about your organization, and what you hope to get out of the book fair (ie: do you want to sell books, present hands-on activities, or simply raise awareness about your org).
  • Participants should plan to bring their own table/chairs, though if this will be a barrier for you to attend, please include that in your application as we do have very limited equipment available via our venue.
  • Please note: there is a $100 charge for space at our book fair. The book fair in 2024 will run for one day, date TBD. (Payment will only be due if your submission is selected.)

Info on going virtual:
We are excited to include some pre-recorded virtual content in our festival schedule, so if you plan to present digitally, we ask that you highlight your experience and comfort level with Zoom, as well as any other tech requirements you may have. (We will be using Get Lit!’s Zoom account to record all virtual events with you; you do not simply send us a recording.) Please see our YouTube channel for examples.

What we’re looking for in 2024:
We are open to all themes and ideas, but are especially interested in featuring the following:

  • Writers of color
  • LGBTQ+ writers
  • Writers with disabilities

Events/authors focusing on:

  • Environmental and social justice
  • Mental health issues
  • Translation/International themes
  • Film/screenwriting
  • Media criticism
  • Genre bending
  • Gaming/world building
  • Podcasting/audio genres
  • Nonfiction, especially memoir
  • Journalism

A final note: while many of our authors and events are chosen from these online submissions, we do also solicit many of our headlining authors each year. We offer every participant an honorarium (or lodging) as a thank you for sharing their time and talent, but as a non-profit that relies on grants, sponsorships, and ticket sales to cover all festival costs, this payment is very modest and will fluctuate from year to year. 

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