Are you an author or group looking to be featured at Get Lit! Festival in 2020? 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 22nd annual festival, April 13th-19th, 2020. 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.

Interested writers and groups should 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!

If you are applying to be part of the book fair, please simply submit a cover letter. Note that there will be a $25 charge for space at our book fair in 2020 (if accepted). Participants should also plan to bring their own table/chairs.

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 do our best to offer compensation to our authors for their time and talent, but we are unable to pay all writers for their participation.

Note that we are especially interested in featuring the following:

  • Writers of color
  • LGBTQ+ writers
  • Variously-abled writers
  • True crime authors/events
  • Translation/International themes
  • Events/authors focusing on environmental justice
  • Nonfiction writers, especially memoirists
  • Events/authors that cross genres
  • Events/authors that combine writing with music/art
  • Film

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!

Are you a vendor, artist, press, festival, or bookseller who would like to be a part of our Saturday book fair?  

Please indicate in your cover letter how much space you would require and if your table/booth would feature any hands on activities, items for sale, free items, etc. 


***Please note that we do also personally invite many local artists, presses, and vendors prior to going through submissions.***

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