2023 Book Submissions Now Open

Submissions for Texas Book Festival 2023 are open January 30 through May 30, 2023. Please read the following FAQs and instructions carefully before submitting your book. 


The Texas Book Festival is scheduled to take place in-person in downtown Austin, Saturday and Sunday, November 11–12, 2023. When evaluating submissions, we consider not only a book’s literary merit but how and where it might fit within a genre and age-group balanced lineup.

Texas Book Festival 2023 will present 250–300 authors, from Texas and beyond, whose books are published within the 12 months preceding the Festival. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in at least one session; most sessions are panels and conversation with authors and moderators. The Festival does not feature authors for book signings only, and spots for solo-author sessions are limited.

Please read all of the following information before submitting a book to Texas Book Festival for consideration for Festival 2023.

To be considered for this year’s Festival, please submit or have your publicist or representative submit all of the following. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • One (1) physical copy of a finished book, galley, ARC, or manuscript shipped to the address below.
  • A media kit with clippings and reviews and an author bio, including past publications when applicable, and additional information you consider relevant to the evaluation process. Please include your media kit when shipping your physical books or ARCs/galleys to the TBF office.
  • A completed online submission form. After reading the information and FAQs below, you can submit a title via the form below.

Send materials to:

Texas Book Festival, ATTN: Literary Director, 1023 Springdale Road, Building 14, Suite B, Austin, TX 78721

  • Incomplete submissions will not be eligible. Submissions are not considered complete until we have received all required materials.
  • Completed submissions must be received by May 30, 2023.
  • To be considered, books must be published in the 12 months prior to the Festival (between October 2022 and November 2023). Priority consideration will be given to books published in 2023 and, in particular, first releases rather than reprints in other formats.
  • Each year we aim to ensure a diverse, vibrant, balanced mix of books and authors from many categories and genres, on many topics and themes, and for all age groups. When evaluating submissions, we consider not only a book’s literary merit but where it might fit in with the other work in the overall lineup. Please see the FAQ below to learn the types of books considered and not considered.
  • Most invitations go out between May and August. If you are selected to be a part of the Festival program, you will hear from us no later than September 2023.
  • Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to reply to each submission and inquiry individually, though we do try.
  • Once the full lineup for the Festival is announced in September 2023, we no longer consider other submissions for the Festival’s program.
  • Submitted materials will not be returned.

FAQ

When should a book be submitted?

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis between January 30 and May 30. We encourage you to submit your book as soon as you can. Note that while we will consider books published up to 12 months prior to the start of the Festival (TKTKT 2023), priority is given to books—and particularly first editions rather than re-releases in other formats—published within the Festival year.

Who decides which authors are invited?

Invitations are issued at the discretion of the Literary Director, upon consultation with Author Selection Committees—which comprise published authors, writers, educators, and publishing professionals.

What types of books are considered?

We aim to provide an excellent and diverse mix of literature for all visitors and participating authors featuring books from the following genres:

  • Art and architecture
  • Cookbooks and food-related literature
  • Children’s and young adult literature, including picture books and chapter books
  • Fiction—all genres
  • Graphic novels
  • Narrative nonfiction—biography, essays, history, long-form journalism, and memoir. Nonfiction books are considered from a variety of perspectives that encourage and engage in fair, respectful discussions of history, figures, and ideas.
  • Poetry
  • Titles with a Texas focus and titles written by Texas authors

What types of books are not considered?

Texas Book Festival focuses on the promotion of literature, ideas, and literary culture. Books on the topics of self-improvement, how-to/instructional books, books primarily for business management and leadership audiences, devotionals, or books solely of academic or religious interest will not be considered. At this time we do not consider books available only in e-book or audio format. If you are unsure whether your book falls into one of these categories, please email us at bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.

Should a self-published author submit?

Self-published titles will be considered only if they meet the following criteria:

  • The title is bound.
  • Printed copies are or will be available for purchase from an established wholesaler or distributor so that our partner bookseller can stock and sell them.
  • The book has been separately developmentally/structurally edited, copyedited, and proofread by professional, experienced editors.
  • The book has been professionally designed.
  • The book has, or will have upon publication, an EAN barcode, an ISBN, and has on its copyright page an LCCN number.
  • A marketing plan has been made and is submitted with the title. Please include within the plan whichever items you deem relevant: e.g., scheduled media appearances, bookstore visits, a brief bio, a list of where your book is available for purchase online or brick-and-mortar, etc.
  • A functional and current author website exists.

Self-published titles that meet the above criteria will be considered and evaluated the same as traditionally published books.

Questions?

Please first consult the FAQ above, and if the answer you’re seeking is not found there, please email bookfest@texasbookfestival.org.

TBF in El Paso, March 24–25!

Texas Book Festival is excited to announce upcoming programs in El Paso, Texas!

For the first time, Texas Book Festival will bring its signature literacy program, Reading Rock Stars, to El Paso! El Paso will be the fifth Reading Rock Stars region joining Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Rio Grande Valley, and Austin.

Texas Book Festival El Paso will feature children’s authors Rebecca Balcárcel, Zeke Peña, and Raúl the Third visiting Aoy and Hart Elementary Schools in the El Paso Independent School District. Students at the schools will each get a chance to hear from one of the authors, and every student will go home with a signed copy of the author’s book!

In partnership with El Paso Community Foundation, TBF will host trailblazing journalist Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA, in conversation with Robert Moore, founder and CEO of El Paso Matters, at the Philanthropy Theatre in El Paso at 5 p.m., Friday, March 24. If you are near El Paso, you will not want to miss this free, public event. Tell your friends and reserve your spot!

El Paso Community Foundation will host a ticketed reception at the Foundation later that evening, to benefit Texas Book Festival and El Paso Matters. Guests will have an opportunity to dine and mingle with Maria Hinojosa, and each will go home with a signed copy of her memoir Once I Was You. Purchase tickets using this link.

TBF El Paso will conclude on Saturday morning, March 25, at the El Paso Museum of History. Authors Zeke Peña and Raúl the Third will engage children and families in a fun and dynamic storytime event featuring a book giveaway El Pasoans won’t want to miss.

We look forward to seeing all those who can join us in El Paso on March 24 and 25!

THANK YOU TO OUR EL PASO SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Full YA Lineup at TBF

The YA and teen programming that you loved at the Texas Teen Book Festival will be featured at the Texas Book Festival Weekend on November 5-6 in downtown Austin, in and around the State Capitol. Check out the full 2022 Author Lineup. All YA programming is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, November 5 you can see . . .

Anna Gracia, Crystal Maldonado, and Natalie Sylvester on the panel “Writing Our Own Stories”

Lyla Lee, Katharine McGee, Kellis Rowe, and Steven Salvatore on “Modern Romance”Omar Epps in conversation about Nubia: The AwakeningLamar Giles and Andy Mientus on “Ancient Evils, Mysterious Boarding Schools, and Doomsday Resorts”Brigid Kemmer and J.Elle on their new fantasy booksAnd on Sunday, November 6 you can see . . .

Laekan Zea Kemp and Ashley Shumacher on “The Power of Music”Joan He, Judy I. Lin, Anne-Marie McLemore, Goldy Moldavsky, and Aiden Thomas on their “YA Buzz Books”Samira Ahmed, Francesca Padilla, and Marit Weisenberg on “Discovering Truths, Finding Justice”Ayana Gray, Varian Johnson, and Aiden Thomas on their “High Stakes” storiesMaggie Stiefvater on The Dreamer TrilogyGuadalupe García McCall and R.M. Romero on “Ghosts, Premonitions, and Transcending Time”And don’t miss the Library Foundation’s conversation with the Austin Youth Poet Laureate!

Festival books will be for sale from local indie bookstore BookPeople, and author signings will be happening all weekend.

The YA HQ Tent will be on 11th Street in front of the Capitol from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Check the entire schedule for exciting authors, illustrators, chefs, poets, and storytellers.

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