Submissions for the 2021 Texas Book Festival are open now through June 1, 2021. Please see below for instructions on how to submit your book.
The Texas Book Festival will take place in late October or early November 2021. Because of continuing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the vaccine rollout, we’ve yet to finalize the in-person and/or virtual format of the event or the length of the Festival, which typically takes place over two days but which in 2020 took place over two weeks. A decision on duration and format will be made by late spring 2021.
The Texas Book Festival typically presents hundreds of authors, from Texas and beyond, whose books are published within the twelve (12) months preceding the Festival. All authors who are invited to participate will be featured in at least one panel or solo session; the Festival does not feature authors for book signings only. If Fest 2021 indeed takes place in person in Austin, authors must be prepared to cover their own travel expenses.
Please read all of the following information before submitting a book to Texas Book Festival for consideration for this year’s Festival.
To be considered for this year’s Festival, please submit or have your publicist submit all of the following. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
- A completed online submission form. This online, fillable form can be found here.
- Two (2) physical copies of a finished book, galley, or ARC, 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 also include, if you would like, a one-page cover letter. Please include your media kit when shipping your physical books or ARCs/galleys to the TBF offices.
Send physical materials to:
Texas Book Festival
ATTN: Literary Director
1023 Springdale Road
Building 14, Suite B
Austin, TX 78721
- Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Submissions are not considered complete until we have received all required materials.
- Completed submissions must be received by June 1, 2021.
- To be considered, books must be published in the 12 months preceding the Festival (between October 2020 and November 2021). Priority consideration will be given to books published in 2021 and, in particular, first releases rather than reprints in other formats.
- When evaluating submissions, we consider not only a book’s literary merit but where it might fit in with the other work in the lineup. That is, each year we aim to ensure a vibrant mix of books from many categories and genres, on many topics and themes, and for all age groups.
- Most invitations go out between May and August. If you are selected, you will hear from us no later than September 2021. Once the full lineup for the Festival is announced in September 2021, we no longer consider other submissions for the Festival’s program.
- Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to reply to all inquiries individually, though we do try.
- Submitted materials will not be returned.
When should a book be submitted?
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis between February 1 and June 1. 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 (October 2021), 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?
Author Selection Committees comprising authors, writers, educators, and publishing professionals consider the submissions and choose, along with the Literary Director, who will be invited and who will moderate discussions.
What types of books are considered?
While we review all books that are submitted, our main goal is 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.
- Titles with a Texas focus and titles written by Texas authors
What types of books are not considered?
The Texas Book Festival focuses on the promotion of literature and Texas 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 email@example.com.
Should a self-published/printed 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 professionally edited, proofread, and designed
- 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 list of where your book is available for purchase online or brick-and-mortar, etc.
- A functional author website exists
The consideration for self-published titles that meet the above criteria will be the same as traditionally published books, outlined above.
Our main number is (512) 477-4055, but please note that due to continued uncertainty surrounding COVID, TBF staffers often are working from home. The best way to reach us currently is by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.