Since 1999, San Francisco's annual Litquake literary festival has drawn book-lovers of all types to enjoy words and ideas, straight from the artists' mouths. This year's festival dates will be October 8-17, 2020.

Submissions open on February 15 for the Litquake festival, Lit Crawl SF, and our annual Litquake Writing Contests. All submissions close May 1. Submitters will be notified by August 2020. We look forward to reading your submission.

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Litquake festival on October 8-17! 

Litquake is committed to encouraging diversity in the literary world and promoting as wide a range of writers as possible. Accordingly, Litquake welcomes submissions from authors from marginalized social groups including (but not limited to) people of color, LGBTQ, diverse genders, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Who we're looking for:

  • Authors that are local or in some way connected to the Bay Area, or able to travel to San Francisco during the festival dates.
  • Authors with a book or other significant publications within the last two years.
  • Someone who can give a great interpretation of their work to a live audience.
  • Proposals for events with a clear topic and list of participating authors.

Event Details:

  • Events vary from panel discussions to readings and some events will feature book sales and signings. Please look through our festival calendar from 2019 to better understand the range of diverse events we produce. Link here: https://www.litquake.org/2019-litquake-festival.html
  • All participants will have their photos and bios listed online, as well as their names in the printed festival guide.
  • All participants will receive a modest stipend as gratitude for their involvement.

Submissions will be accepted/rejected by the end of August. If you have not received a response to your submission by August, you may assume your submission was not accepted. If you are not selected, it certainly doesn’t mean we don’t think highly of you! Please submit electronically via Submittable. Manuscripts sent via email will not be considered.
Litquake is committed to encouraging diversity in the literary world and promoting as wide a range of writers as possible, including (but not limited to) people of color, LGBTQ, diverse genders, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

Thanks for your interest in Lit Crawl San Francisco on Saturday, October 17! Lit Crawl San Francisco is the world’s largest literary pub crawl, and features hundreds of authors during its three hours of hot and crowded literary mayhem. Lit Crawl only accepts submissions from literary organizations, writing groups, reading series, and publications. If you are an individual who would like to participate in the festival, please submit in the 2019 Main Festival category. Lit Crawl is committed to encouraging diversity in the literary world and promoting as wide a range of writers as possible. Accordingly, Lit Crawl welcomes submissions from organizations representing marginalized social groups including (but not limited to) people of color, LGBTQ, diverse genders, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our criteria: 

  • Are your authors free on Friday, October 17, from 5:00-9:00 pm?
  • Is your organization local or in some way connected to the Bay Area?  Or able to travel to San Francisco on October 17?
  • Can your organization curate four to six authors who will engage a live audience of literary lovers?

More details:

  • Lit Crawl curator slots are limited to ONE hour.
  • Lit Crawl readings are on the short side (6-8 minutes per author).
  • Lit Crawl is unable to feature book sales and signings.  
  • All authors' photos and bios will be listed online. 
  • All submissions will receive an automatic reply, as well as another response by the end of August. If you do not receive a response by August 31, 2020 you may assume your event was not selected. If you are not selected, it certainly doesn’t mean we don’t think highly of you!   

Thanks again for letting us know about your organization and its literary efforts!

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