Submissions for the 2013 Festival closed on April 30, 2013.
We will respond to submissions by early August.
The submission period for Litquake 2014 will be January-April 2014
The Litquake festival lineup is chosen by the Litquake Author Committee. We strive to represent a variety of writers representing a wide range of genres, ages, genders, and communities. In general, we make our decisions using three primary criteria:
- Is the author local or in some way connected to the Bay Area?
- Does he or she have a book or other significant publications in the last two years ?
- Can he or she perform great work to a live audience?
In general, except for specific events and discussions, Litquake readings are on the short side (6-10 minutes). Audiences will hear a taste of your work, and we will have room to feature even more writers. If you feel the need to take up an 8-minute slot by reading a short story for 45 minutes, thereby taking up other authors’ time, making the audience restless, and throwing off the day’s schedule, we will send out legions of army ants to feast upon your flesh. And it will be very hard to appear again at Litquake, or even write, for that matter, after you’ve been devoured by army ants.
Some events will feature book sales and signings, depending on the venue. If you’re sitting on top of a washing machine, reading in a crowded Laundromat during the Lit Crawl, for instance, it just isn’t feasible to bring in a bookseller. But if you’re appearing at a panel discussion, or a major themed event, book sales are much more likely and possible. If you want to bring your own books to sell, or have any questions about sales, please check with your event’s producer.
All authors will have their bio listed online and in the printed program. Your event producer will be in contact about bio details and deadlines. We are now able to feature author photos online! If you are accepted, you will be asked to submit a small image to your event’s producer (format must be jpeg, gif, or png only; 96 or 72 dpi; and no larger than 200 pixels in either height or width).