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Submissions for the 2014 Festival are now closed.

If you have expressed interest in the 2014 festival, we will respond within the next few months.
All submissions
 will receive an automatic reply, as well as another response by the end of August.

This festival was created by  and for authors. However, more authors want to appear at Litquake than we have slots; hence, we require an application process. How are authors selected? It’s a complicated task, carried out by a committee. Our criteria:

  • Is the author local or in some way connected to the Bay Area? Or able to travel to San Francisco during the Festival in October?
  • Does he or she have a book or other significant publications in the last two years ?
  • Can he or she give a great live interpretation of the work to a live Litquake audience?

We also invite authors when their books fit into genre-specific Litquake events.

If you are not selected, it doesn’t mean we don’t think highly of you! It might just mean there were requests by 30 memoirists but we only have space for 20. Thanks again for letting us know about you and your literary efforts!

More details

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 – please keep in mind you are using up other authors’ time, may be making the audience restless, and are throwing off the day’s schedule.  NOTE: 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).

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 is not 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!  Remember, 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).

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