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 10-19, 2019.

Submissions open on February 15 for the Litquake festival, Lit Crawl SF, and the fifth annual Litquake Writing Contest. All submissions close May 1. Submitters will be notified by August 2019. We look forward to reading your submission.

Litquake invites writers between the ages of 13 to 18 to submit their fiction, memoir, or poetry for a chance to receive an award of recognition. Each award recipient will have the opportunity to participate in a celebratory reading at Litquake’s culminating event: the Lit Crawl.

A broad range of teen voices, styles, and perspectives will be showcased at Lit Crawl, Litquake’s final festive night in the Mission District of San Francisco on October 19th. 

Pieces must be submitted by Sunday, September 22nd at 11:59pm. Those selected to read their work at Litquake will be notified by October 10th. Submissions are limited to one per writer. 


  • Fiction 500 word maximum 
  • Memoir 500 word maximum 
  • Poetry 25 line maximum 

We look forward to reading your work, and hope to see you at Litquake in October! For more info about Litquake and Teenquake visit!