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Author Participation Information


Author participation submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2023 Festival. 

Authors who have already submitted their information for the 2023 Festival will hear from the committee as to their participation no later than March 24, 2023.

Author participation submissions for the 2024 Festival will open in July 2024.



The Annapolis Book Festival features authors of national scope with books published (or issued in paperback) within the last two years.

The Festival does not accept self-published books. We feature fiction, non-fiction, young adult, and children's book authors.

The Festival is a free community event put on by Key School, a non-profit independent school, and does not provide honoraria for its participants.

Mailing Address:

Annapolis Book Festival
Key School
534 Hillsmere Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403


Trish Gallant
Parent Programs and Special Events Director



Application & Selection Process

Publicists, editors or authors may submit individual author materials. Participants are selected and programs are coordinated by various Annapolis Book Festival Program Committees. We anticipate that there will be three types of venues in which authors may be invited to participate: Some will be asked to make solo presentations; some may be grouped into panels by themes the Festival committees deem appropriate (e.g., we have had mystery, science and science fiction, as well as topics such as the war in Iraq or Supreme Court confirmation process); and, finally, other authors may present small group workshops or demonstrations (e.g., a cooking demo or a travel writing workshop).

To be considered, authors (publicists or editors) will need to submit the following:

  • One copy of the book you would like to feature (see mailing address above)
  • Any additional press materials your book has received from the publisher or newspaper/magazine/web coverage (optional)
  • The 2023 Festival is no longer accepting submissions.

Our Authors Committee convenes to consider all submitted materials. Since this process takes several months, the earlier materials are submitted the more exposure they will have to the committee. Questions about participation cannot be answered until the packet is received and appropriate time is given for consideration by the selection committee. We often put together thematic panels with two or three authors and will let you know if your work fits well with other authors that we are considering. It is our hope to contact all authors as soon as the Authors Committee has decided whether or not to feature their books. The process can be protracted.

Feel free to contact Parent Programs and Special Events Director Trish Gallant to make inquiries on the status of a potential program.

No materials will be returned.